By Mike Kempenich, The Gentleman Forager
When I teach young students about mushrooms, I start by asking how many of them “like” mushrooms. Typically, one or two hands will go up in a group of 30. After finishing the class, and sampling many species of mushrooms, I ask how many now like at least one of the mushrooms sampled. In every instance, about 90% of the students’ hands go up. What they find is, contrary to popular belief, all mushrooms do not have the rubbery texture of the white button mushroom, and that all mushrooms taste different. When you stop and think about it, carrots don’t taste like broccoli and broccoli doesn’t taste like a potato. It would make sense that different species of mushrooms would be just as diverse in flavor and texture.