A very safe mushroom for novice foragers and very tasty too.
|Common Names||Wood Urchin, Wood Hedgehog, Pied du Mouton|
|Scientific Name||Hydnum repandum|
|Average Mushroom height (CM)||8|
|Average Cap width (CM)||18|
Convex, can be uneven and even depressed in the middle. Creamy yellow to pale flesh/salmon pink coloured.
This mushroom has spines, hence the name Hedgehog, which are white to salmon pink, growing up to 6mm long. The spines are decurrent, they continue down the stem a short distance.
White, slightly downy where the spines run down the stem. The stem is often not central in the cap.
Sarcodon scabrosus is similar but with a dark brown, scaly cap and stem, this mushroom is quite rare and considered by some as poisonous although it is eaten in some countries dried, powdered and used as a pepper like condiment.
The Terracotta Hedgehog, Hydnum rufescens, pictured, is a smaller, terracotta coloured mushroom from the same family and is edible.
The Jelly Tongue, Pseudohydnum gelatinosum has spines but is very jelly like in texture and grows from wood and is edible if a little bland.
The Hedgehog Fungus is a very safe mushroom for the novice forager as long as you find a light coloured mushroom growing from the ground with a stem and spines instead of gills it can’t be anything else.
White. Broadly ellipsoid to subglobose.
Taste / Smell
Excellent, sweet, nutty and with a crunchy texture, a gourmet mushroom. Can be slightly bitter when raw.
This is a pretty drought resistant mushroom and can be found in dry Autumns when other mushrooms struggle.