Shiitake Mushrooms

This mushroom is most popular for eating. These mushrooms grow in cells where the climate and humidity kept optimum. This makes mushrooms available all year round. The mushroom has several sizes, big, normal and small sizes and has a sweet taste and savory texture.

Many mushrooms that are originally from the Far East are not only available dried and canned but can also be found fresh in produce markets the world over. The best known of these – and certainly the most available – is the Japanese brown mushroom or shiitake (Cortinellus shiitake). The shiitake is an edible mushroom native to East Asia, which is cultivated and consumed in many Asian countries. It is considered a medicinal mushroom in some forms of traditional medicine.The shiitake is umbrella-like in shape, brown to black in color, and firmly textured; it has an assertive flavor that goes well in sautés.

Wild Mushrooms

Cantharellus cibarius, commonly known as the chanterelle, golden chanterelle or girolle, is a fungus. It is probably the best known species of the genus Cantharellus, if not the entire family of Cantharellaceae. It is orange or yellow, meaty and funnel-shaped. On the lower surface, underneath the smooth cap, it has gill-like ridges that run almost all the way down its stipe, which tapers down seamlessly from the cap. It emits a fruity aroma, reminiscent of apricots and a mildly peppery taste (hence its German name, Pfifferling) and is considered an excellent edible mushroom.

Chanterelles are common in northern parts of Europe, North America, including Mexico, in Asia including the Himalayas, and in Africa including Zambia. Chanterelles tend to grow in clusters in mossy coniferous forests, but are also often found in mountainous birch forests and among grasses and low-growing herbs. In central Europe, including Ukraine, the golden chanterelle is often found in beech forests among similar species and forms. In the UK, they may be found from July through to December. – Wikipedia