Recently, Lion’s mane mushroom has become surprisingly popular as gourmet food. The origin of its name is because of the strikingly similar appearance of the fungi to a lion’s mane when it is fully grown.
Today, we will discuss why this variant of mushroom has become popular and also share a super simple lion’s mane mushroom recipe you can try at home.
What is a lion’s mane mushroom?
Lion’s mane mushrooms are white, globe-shaped parasites that have long, shaggy spines. It can also be found by the names monkey head mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom or bearded tooth fungus
Where we find these?
Commonly eating in a part of Asian societies as a fashion of mock meat it has at long last found its way into nearby farmers’ markets and eateries over the country.
These mushrooms have been especially recognized for their neuro regenerative boosting qualities. They also contain bioactive substances, which are good for your brain, heart, and gut among other benefits as regulating blood sugar levels and cholesterol
Recently, some extensive research on animals showed that it might also provide protection against neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, relieve mild anxiety, protect against ulcer, fights cancer, reduces Inflammation oxidative stress and boost immune system.
How to Store and Clean the Mushrooms?
After collecting the mushrooms, the first thing you should know is how to store or clean them properly. Otherwise, when you cook the mushrooms, you won’t be able to get the best flavor out of them.
Storing in Refrigerator
The best way to store these mushrooms would be to enclose them in paper bags. You can use other containers too, but paper bags are suggested because the mushrooms can respirate in these. If you are keeping them in your refrigerator, you store them in a place where there is good airflow.
Finally, before cooking, you should always remember not to soak your mushrooms in water. Otherwise, these become soggy, and the texture is ruined. Just give them a quick rinse to clean off all the dirt and you are ready to cook.
Preparation and Cooking of the Mushrooms
Lion’s mane mushrooms are very easy to prepare, and the ingredients required to cook them are all basic staples available at home. Using those basic ingredients, we can prepare beautifully pan-seared lion’s mane mushrooms. A list of ingredients used for this recipe is given below –
- Lion’s mane mushrooms
- Olive oil
- Condiments of your choice i.e. salt, pepper, spice mix, soy sauce, etc.
Once you gather all the above ingredients, you can then turn plain-looking mushrooms into an extravagant mouth-water dish.
Now, onto the cooking process. Follow the steps below properly, and you will be able to prepare a delicious meal for yourself.
- First, cut off the bottom part of the mushrooms as those may contain dirt. Then slice the mushrooms according to your preferred shape. (Recommend cutting it half)
- The next step is to pour a little bit of olive oil and butter on your pan and heat the pan for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
- When the oil starts sizzling, pour those mushrooms of yours and cook it on both sides for at least 5 minutes. Sear the mushrooms until they are golden and crisp and reduced in size. Along the process, add some condiments of your choice, preferably salt and pepper.
- After some time, you will have beautifully charred lion’s mane mushrooms with an almost meat-like texture.
How to serve
You can enjoy the mushrooms on their own if you would like to. But you will have a better experience if paired with some other dishes. These are especially recommended with your salads. You can even put them in a sandwich with some mayo, and you are guaranteed to have a wonderful experience.
The Specialty of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Once you have learned the recipe, many of you might wonder if there are any special benefits to having these mushrooms for your meals. Some of you even might be concerned if these are good for your health.
Fortunately, for those of you with doubts, lion’s mane mushrooms have no health risk factors rather provide various nutritious elements for your body. Alongside healthy benefits, these have a rich umami flavor and meat-like texture which will surprise many of you.
Reason for Sudden Popularity of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Even though this variant of fungi has existed for quite a long amount of time, these didn’t gather that much attention. The main reason is the health benefits of consuming them have been discovered recently after a lot of trials on various living organisms.
After these received a green signal from researchers, its supply to the farmer’s market has been steadily growing. As it receives attention from more and more people, its potential as a super gourmet food is being realised resulting in its popularity.
Alongside the health benefits, the lion mane’s mushrooms are famous for their rich umami flavor and meat-like texture. Eating it almost gives you a feeling as if you are eating meat. As more and more people are switching to vegan diets, lion’s mane mushrooms are a perfect replacement for meat for them.
Not to mention, these are incredibly easy to cook and can be combined with a wide variety of dishes. It also fulfills the lack of meat. What more can you ask from an ingredient? Once you try it, you too might fall in love with this simple ingredient.
The sudden rise in popularity of lion’s mane mushrooms has inspired more and more people to try it at least once. There was once a time when people would ignore these beautiful mushrooms on the market’s shelves. But now, it has become a part of many people’s diets.
So, for those of you wanting to try the lion’s mushroom mane and cook a delicious meal for yourselves, a simple yet tasty lion’s mane mushroom recipe has been shared for you.
Hope you will try the recipe for yourselves and enjoy it, and share the recipe with others.