Lobster Mushrooms[ PURCHASE INFO ]
Lobster Mushrooms: Lobster Mushrooms are beautiful white mushrooms with bright red skin, firm flesh and a mild seafood-like flavor. The red skin makes them resemble seafood, hence the name Lobster Mushroom. If you want the details....Lobster Mushrooms are actually a symbiotic relationship between a red fungus and certain types of edible mushrooms. The fungus grows on the mushrooms, changing their skin color, their shape, and also their flavor. As an example, lobster mushrooms can have a peppery flavor if the host mushroom is a particular variety. This mushroom is usually too hot for most people's taste, but the fungus mellows the heat of the mushroom and makes it more palatable. The fungus seems to enhance the flavor of the lobster mushrooms it inhabits.
Lobster Mushrooms make a great meat or seafood substitute for vegetarians and vegans. They stir fry well and have a nice flavor and a firm texture. Lobster Mushrooms are also well suited to soups, chowders, risotto and stews, sauteing or baking. Lobster mushrooms can have a very wide flavor range, and will readily pick up flavors from other items when cooking. It is common to cook them with lobster or seafood and then add them to a dish near serving time. Over cooking will kill some of the flavor, so be careful to keep cooking time to a minimum. The red fungus coating makes an excellent dye, so keep this in mind when adding them to a festive, colorful dish.
Fresh lobster mushrooms are available in season, usually late summer (July through September). They are also available dried, and the dried lobster mushrooms reconstitute well, can be added directly to soups and stews, retain much of their flavor and texture, have a much longer shelf life than fresh, and are readily available all year. Whether buying fresh or dried, always look for lobster mushrooms with a bright red skin and firm white flesh for best results.
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