Pholiota adiposa, commonly known as the chestnut mushroom or the blackening pholiota, is a species of edible mushroom that belongs to the family Strophariaceae. This species is native to North America and Europe, they can be found growing in clusters on dead hardwood trees and stumps during late summer and fall.
The chestnut mushroom has a unique flavor profile that sets it apart from other mushrooms. Chestnut mushrooms are mild, buttery and nutty with a seasoned peppery finish. Its tender, but crisp texture and pleasantly nutty taste make it an excellent choice for sautéing or grilling.
The caps have a velvety texture with shades of brown giving them their name “chestnut.” They pair well with garlic, thyme, rosemary, and other herbal flavors. Chestnuts are easily enjoyed simply sautéed to taste in butter.
It excels in miso and other brothy soups; or add it to a stir fry or substitute into your favorite sauce recipe. It can also be seared with garlic and oil or butter and added atop salad or in spring rolls. Chestnut mushrooms are a great addition to any dish calling for mushrooms.
One of the most unique characteristics of Pholiota adiposa is its tendency to turn black when handled or cooked. This phenomenon is caused by enzymes reacting with air which causes oxidation resulting in discoloration. Before cooking, we suggest removing the bottom dark brown portion of the stem.
Additionally, it possesses several health benefits which come from its high beta-glucan content – making it both delicious and nutritious!
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