Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

This very unusual mushroom has many very descriptive common names such as Monkeys Head, Old Man’s Beard, Hedgehog Mushroom and Pom Pom. All these names describe a white ball shape with cascading white spines. It is hard to find in the wild and is classed as an endangered species in Europe. However you can grow and enjoy this mushroom from your garden. It grows slowly on logs and fruits in late Summer to early Autumn. A lovely mushroom which when cooked retains its crispness like bean sprouts. Excellent with smoked salmon.