- Kingdom ………..Fungi
- Class ……………..Pezizomycetes
- Family ……………Discinaceae
- Species ………….Gyromitra esculenta
Brain Mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta) is known by many people as brain mushroom, head mushroom, turban mushroom, elephant ear mushroom. As Mantarator.com we will use the name of the brain mushroom. Brain mushroom is quite smooth when it first matures. As maturation continues, they gradually wrinkle. Brain mushrooms grow in warm temperate regions. They love coniferous forests and sandy land in leafy forests. As they are known to have grown from the beginning of April to the middle of July, they can also grow in mid-March due to the effect of early melting snow. Brain mushrooms contain toxic substances.
Brain Mushroom (Gyromitra esculenta), the fungus we refer to as brain mushrooms, can cause poisoning and lethal consequences if eaten raw. For this reason, you definitely should not consume raw and we recommend you to cook this mushroom. Despite the fact that the toxic effects of brain mushrooms are known and some countries have forbidden to be eaten and harvested, however, tens of tons are consumed each year. It is a type of mushroom which is very popular in Eastern Europe and the Scandinavian countries. They are widely used especially in Finnish cuisine. They make omelettes from this mushroom for breakfast and they are widely used in soup.
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