Enoki Mushrooms are mushrooms that grow with flower like long stems and have a mild flavor.
They come in two, easily distinguishable varieties, Wild (dark brown in color) and Cultivated (white in color), though the cultivated variety is the type almost always found in stores.
Enoki mushrooms grow in clumps with long, slender stems and delicate looking caps.
Cultivated enoki are not exposed to light so their color is pale and white, their stems are long and slender. A cluster of cultivated enoki resemble a cluster of small white flowers.
Wild enoki are dark brown in color, with short stems and caps that are as wide as the stems are long.
Selecting and Buying
In the wild enoki look quite different from its cultivated form. Wild enoki are short stemmed with caps as wide as the stems are long.
Wild enoki can be found growing in clusters on deciduous logs, up to the snow line on.
Wild or cultivated enoki prefer cold temperatures.
Preparation and Use
Enoki mushrooms are used in soups, stirfrys, salads and other dishes.
Conserving and Storing
Fresh mushrooms can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.