Black Trumpet Mushrooms[ PURCHASE INFO ]
Black Trumpet Mushrooms: Black trumpet mushrooms (Craterellus cornucopioides or Craterellus fallax) are also known as horn of plenty, Black Chanterelle, and Trumpet of the Dead. Black Trumpets grow wild throughout North America and Europe, and are usually found at the base of an oak or beach tree. Black trumpet mushrooms prefer cool weather and are seasonally available fresh from August to April. They have a distinctively rich, fruity and smoky flavor and go well in soups and casseroles, and also go well with fish and in vegetarian dishes. Black trumpets are popular with wild game like venison or pheasant too. They can be dried and reconstituted with water or wine. Dried mushrooms have a long shelf life and are easier to store than fresh and have a slightly stronger flavor.
Black trumpets grow 2-7 cm wide and up to 10 cm high. The name comes from the trumpet or horn shape. They have a dark gray exterior and dark brown flesh. The cap and stem are both edible, and are often used in place of truffles because of their dark color and a taste similar to truffles. Black trumpets are a good source of protein, minerals and vitamins.
A favorite in France, black trumpets are called "trumpet of death" because of it's dark color and appearance and mushrooms were believed to have supernatural properties by many prehistoric people. Fresh black trumpet mushrooms are said to smell of apricots, sweet and fruity. Black trumpet mushrooms do well in vegetarian diets adding a rich meaty flavor to meatless dishes. Black trumpet mushrooms are known as "la viande des pauvres" in France, which means "poor people's meat". Today black trumpets are highly prized around the world and find their way into many gourmet recipes.
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