Hericium erinaceus is one of the few mushrooms imparting the flavor of lobster when cooked. Producing a mane of cascading white spines, this mushroom can be grown on sterilized sawdust/bran or via the traditional log method first established for Lentinula edodes (Shiitake).
- Cap: n/a
- Spore print: white
- Spores: 5.5-7.0 x 4.5-5.5 microns; ellipsoid and smooth to slightly roughened
- Bruising: brown pr yellow
- Gills: n/a
- Stipe: downward, cascading, non-forking spines
- Veil: absent
- Mycelium: whitish, forming triangular zones of collected rhizomorphs, radiating from the dense center section.
Fruit body Development
Hericium erinaceus fruits well on supplemented sawdust, particularly Douglas fir.