The Produce Quiz – What Am I?

OK,I am a fungus, I admit it, but an often ignored fungus. I am the one you'll use when the others are gone, and though I'm not as pretty I'm a better value and taste very similar. Having nothing to do with candy, dentistry, landscaping or pork, my name is often misleading. Most foragers are happy to know that I am maggot free and I have no poisonous look-alikes. I'm a safe date. I have a white, pale orange, pale pinkish-tan or orange-brown cap and stalk which is two to six inches in diameter. My cap edge is rolled in when I'm young but becomes lobed or wavy as I mature. One of my unique features is the pointed spines beneath my cap. I am found wild throughout the United States and Europe from midsummer to mid-autumn and throughout the winter. I am a firm fleshy fungi with a very delicate flavor so don't disguise me. A simple saute often suits me best. Slim Jim from the Old Hotel Milano put me to my best use with a saute including reduced pancetta, rosemary, and pine nuts. This recipe had customers begging for more. For vegetarians you can substitute olive oil. I am also a great addition to sauces and soups. I am rich in potassium and iron

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Produce Quiz courtesy of
Richard Liebowitz
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