Hydnum umbilicatum commonly known as the Hedgehog or Sweet Tooth mushroom, due to not having gills, but instead delightfully small ‘toothlike’ projections, that looks like hedgehog quills!
These toothsome darlings can be found into January and have a rich nutty taste, with a pleasant peppery snap and are best eaten cooked.
Garlic Scented Sautéed Hedgehog Mushrooms
About 1 pound of hedgehog mushrooms. These tend to be small and do not need to be pared down, if there are any outliers, trim to match the others
2 garlic cloves minced
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add more if needed
2 tablespoons of butter (or oil of choice)
Fleur de Sel finishing salt - this salt is perfect for subtle foods. Blending gently without overwhelming, adding a mild, delicate crunch
Fresh ground pepper
Clean mushrooms with a mushroom brush and trim ends (avoid rinsing in water). Heat butter and oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat; add mushrooms, stirring frequently until the mushrooms release their liquid. As they start to brown add garlic and thyme, cooking for 3 – 5 minutes. Add the dry white wine and continue to cook, scraping up any brown bits, until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat add pepper and salt to taste. If you kept your thyme on the stalk, remove now.
One of the benefits of eating consciously is you may choose your food not only for the nutritional benefits but the energetic ones as well, below we will explore both.
Energetic Gifts. Key Traits: Strength and Wisdom of Age
This sagely mushroom reminds one not to act in haste and understanding the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Giving one the patience to penetrate deeply into the heart of the matter. Opens your spirit to consult those wiser than yourself: have it be living elders, those recorded in books, or connecting with the ancestors. Giving you the strength to slow down and consider motives and circumstances (yours and others) in-depth and taking action only after through deliberation.
Physical Gifts. Key Nutrients: High in iron, manganese 1, magnesium, calcium and zinc.
Supports the liver for the urea cycle detoxifying ammonia from the system, healthy cartilage and bone, the cardiovascular system and menopause. Against viruses and diabetes. Eases anxiety.
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Candice Covington is the author of Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice: Working with Chakras, Divine Archetypes and The Five Great Elements. She is an avid forager, homesteader and cook, currently writing a You Are What You Eat: A Vibrational Cook Book to be published by Inner Traditions. www.divinearchetypes.com
1 manganese is a derivation of the Greek word for magic.