You are on this site because you love all things outdoors. We are certain that you have never had, hunting hedgehogs, suggested to you as an outdoor adventure. And, in some circles the title might get us in a little bit of trouble. The truth is, we love hedgehogs, both the animal and the mushroom. And, you can only find either of them, in the wild, while you are outdoors. So, rather than “hunting wabbits” we are hunting hedgehogs. Will you join us?
Before we dive deep into the topic at hand, we would like to suggest you read this guide. That is, of course, if you have ever wondered what it might be like to have a hedgehog as a pet. They are pretty cool little creatures who can live up to ten years in captivity. Though, on their own, in the wild, they don’t generally get past five years. They are nocturnal, so be prepared to enjoy them the most in the evening. However, you can enjoy the hedgehog mushrooms we are going to hunt, whenever you like!
Surely you have been told to be careful of mushrooms. Your parents advised you, as children, not to pick wild mushrooms. They assured you that they would make you sick. Although, they never told you about all the trippy things you would see in the process. Not to worry though, these mushrooms are not psychedelic, they’re just delicious.
Hedgehog mushrooms are connected to the golden chanterelle. The chanterelles get far more attention that the hedgehog mushrooms do and this is a shame. However, the hedgehogs pop up right around the same times as the chanterelles, are easier to identify, and simple to cook. The biggest identifier is the teeth under the cap. Perhaps those teeth reminded people of a hedgehog’s quills and that’s how the mushroom earned its name.
White oak trees and pine forests are perfect habitats for these mushrooms in the Midwest. Start looking for them in July. If you are familiar with the golden chanterelle, you should find the hedgehogs in similar locales. There are other areas of the country in which hedgehogs fruit heavily during the mushroom season. You can read more about that here.
We have done the hunting, and now it is time to enjoy our stash. Be forewarned, if you are expecting the hedgehogs to taste like chanterelle you will be sorely disappointed. While chanterelles, particularly the golden variety, are known for their apricot-like taste, the hedgehog will provide a meatier traditional mushroom flavor. The difference is subtle though, which allows them to be used interchangeably in recipes.
We prefer our hedgehogs sautéed in butter, but everything is better with a little cream. Cooking them whole, when they aren’t too big, is preferred. This is due to their unique shape. You could pickle them too. However, we don’t recommend drying them as the flavor and texture can never be restored through rehydration.
If you would like access to specific recipes for these wonderful little mushrooms, you can always click this.
Hunting hedgehog mushrooms can be a great way to get outside and explore the forests near your home. Who knows, you might discover that you really enjoy hunting mushrooms. If you think that might be a new favorite pastime, you should learn how to identify mushrooms by reading the link attached here. Happy hunting!