Black Trumpet mushrooms (Craterellus cornucopioides), or ‘horn of plenty’ are a gourmet little known variety of edible mushroom harvested wild here in the USA. They are related to and shaped similarly to chanterelles. This fungus is found in woods in Europe, North America, Japan and Korea. They typically grow under beech, oak or other broad-leaved trees, especially in mossy, moist areas on heavy calcareous soil. With a funnel that faces outwards and colors ranging from brown to gray to black, these unusual little mushrooms may look similar to the more famous yellow chanterelle but don’t let that fool you, they definitely have a deep and delicious flavor all their own. Black trumpets posses a rich smoky taste with an aroma that hints of light fruitiness. There are many ways to enjoy this delightful little treat. You can pan sear them lightly with a little garlic and butter or you can go all out and make a yummy sauce for your salmon. You can also bake or fry them. These little gems of mother nature can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways.
Storage: Keep refrigerated in a paper bag or covered with a damp paper towel. Will last 7 to 10 days but best to eat promptly.
Cleaning: Simply wipe mushrooms with a damp cloth or rinse slightly
Cooking Suggestions: Sautee, bake, fry.
- Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, protein, copper, potassium, zinc and selenium. All essential minerals to a healthy diet.
- Mushrooms are extremely rich in vitamins and are excellent immune system boosters.
- Black trumpet mushrooms are also rich in dietary fiber and are low in both saturated and unsaturated fat. Dietary fiber helps stimulate digestion, relieving constipation problems.
- The B vitamins found abundantly in wild mushrooms help the immune system, support nerve and heart health and help break down blood sugars in the body amongst other things.