Most mushrooms have gills or pores on their undersides. Hedgehogs don’t. Instead, they have brittle little spines that come off easily. From above, they look like lumps of bread dough left all over the woods. Many people consider hedgehogs the safest mushrooms to learn to harvest, nothing dangerous looks much like them.
We have two kinds of hedgehog mushrooms in the UP. The big ones, Hydnum repandum, flush first, late August and early September. The little ones, Hydnum umbilicatum, pop up later, are slightly darker, and have distinctive belly button indentations on top.
Hedgehogs are prolific, substantial mushrooms, and excellent with meat. Hedgehogs often squeak like hedgehogs when cut and cooked. In stews, they dissolve down into an enjoyable umami gravy.
Adam Berger, UPLC Board Member
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