Lion’s mane mushrooms are some of the most easily recognizable mushrooms out there on the market (if you can find them). True to their name, lion’s mane mushrooms look exactly like that, a mane of a lion. They also come in different names like bearded tooth mushroom, hedgehog mushroom, and pom-pom mushroom. While lion’s mane mushrooms are prized by gourmets all over for their seafood-like taste and texture (think of a cross between the taste of lobsters and the texture of diver scallops) they’re also known for their medicinal effects. It has long been believed that lion’s mane mushrooms have nerve regenerating properties which may help in treating many neurological conditions.
Lion's Mane Mushroom Trivia
- Unlike most mushrooms that grow near the roots of trees, the lion’s mane mushroom prefers high places, a common reason why novice mushroom hunters miss them.
- Lion’s mane mushrooms are considered the world’s first “smart mushroom” since it has shown some very promising results in improving cognitive function.
- Lion’s mane mushrooms make for really good vegan “crab cakes.”
- Due to its poor germination and establishment, the lion’s mane mushroom has been red-listed in many European countries, which means that it is just a few steps away from becoming extinct.