(Lion’s Mane, monkey head mushroom, bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or bearded tooth fungus)
The following applies to all Hericium species:
Poisonous look-alikes: There are no poisonous look-alikes although there may be confusion with specific species identification. Two other species are treated elsewhere in this work. There could be some confusion with various coral mushrooms found growing on the forest floor rather than attached to logs or stumps.
Possible allergic reactions: There are no reported problems with any Hericium mushrooms. As with any food, certain individuals may have personal sensitivities or allergies. Take the same precautions that are recommended for all edible, wild mushrooms: cook them well, eat only a small amount the first time you try them. Some people have had allergic reactions to the store-bought white button mushroom, so precaution is always recommended when trying any mushroom for the first time. Do not try more than one new species of mushroom at the same time.
Storage: Hericium species are best preserved by freezing. The mushroom may be frozen either whole or in pieces. A brief sauté prior to freezing can be beneficial. To freeze mushrooms whole it is recommended that you first drop the mushroom into a pot of boiling water for about one minute. Remove the mushroom from the water and then drain well. Place the mushrooms on cookie sheets and then place the cookie sheet into a freezer for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the mushrooms are frozen. Remove the mushrooms and transfer them to labeled airtight containers or bags.