Abalone mushrooms are among the edible varieties of mushroom which resemble the aquatic shellfish, abalone. This mushroom also known as king trumpet mushroom, French horn mushroom, king oyster mushroom, or boletus of the steppes, and trumpet royale) is native to Mediterranean regions of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, but also grown in parts of Asia
It is an oyster mushroom variety that requires special growing conditions to meet its nutritional needs. Abalone mushrooms have a crisp flesh that is white, dense and spongy with an earthy, buttery flavor with notes of pepper and a velvety texture when cooked.
Abalone Mushrooms – Recipe Suggestions
The Abalone or king oyster mushrooms’ subtle flavor is best when not overcooked, however it shouldn’t be considered edible when raw.
This variety of oyster mushroom is common in Asian cuisines.They are large, meaty textured mushrooms with plum delectable bodies mainly used in stews and stir-fries.
Braising them with rich sauces is a good starting point especially if you’ve never cooked Abalone’s before. Modern recipes can include adding ingredients such as clams, fennel, wild arugula, prosciutto and shallots.
To store, place in paper bag or between paper towels.
Note:Generally, the stems take longer to cook than the caps, so you may trim the caps off and add those last.
make sure to read the necessary consumer information before selecting your mushroom When purchasing, look for firm, fat, white stems. The cap should be as intact as possible, with no brown edges or sour odor.
Season , Habitat & Availability
The indoor controlled environment in which these rich tasty mushrooms are cultivated allows for year-round production. In the wild, the abalone is typically found on: wounded dying or dead hard wood trees, especially Alder trees.
Abalone mushrooms are native to and still found growing wild in China. However, modern commercial abalone mushroom production has become popular. In America for example, this fungus is cultivated in California, Oregon and Washington.
Health benefits & nutritional Value
Abalone mushrooms or Akuratake’s are a rich source of dietary fiber and also, contain carbohydrate and concentrated protein. A 100 gram serving of abalone mushrooms contain:
- Calories- 6 Kcal
- Sodium – 179 mg
- Carbohydrate – 0.31 gram
- Protein – 0.94 gram
Rich source of B Vitamins and proteins helpful in strengthening immunity. These mushrooms are also known for anti-inflammatory properties and are a rich source of antioxidants like many other edible mushrooms.
In present times, this group of mushrooms are being researched for their cholesterol decreasing and depression hindering properties.