Chestnut Royale Mushrooms
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This item was last sold on : 05/20/17
Chestnut Royale mushrooms can be grown as a single stem or in small groups. The brown to gray-brown colored cap can have a diameter up to 80 mm. The convex cap is shiny, smooth, and slimy when wet and fresh. As the mushroom ages or dries it will become wrinkled. The gills underneath the cap are bright white to cream colored and are evenly spaced. The Chestnut Royale mushroom has a central stem that narrows near the cap. In the fresh state the Chestnut Royale mushroom displays a clean, “forest floor” aroma with a slightly sweet flavor.
Chestnut Royale mushrooms are available in the summer and autumn months.
The Chestnut Royale mushroom is botanically classified as Oudemansiella Radicata. However, the classification has been widely debated and some recognize the mushroom as Xerula furfuacea. The Chestnut Royale mushroom can be cultivated or foraged. When found in the wild the Chestnut Royale mushroom will be growing from the forest floor, attached to underground wood. When commercially cultivated the mushroom is grown in a mix of hardwood sawdust and grain substrate.
Mushrooms in general are an important source of selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin D.
Chestnut Royale mushrooms can be enjoyed sautéed on their own, it also makes a marvelous addition to a variety of different dishes. Its slightly porous composition will absorb surrounding flavors and sauces. To prepare the Chestnut Royale mushroom trim the bottom of the stem to remove any imperfections. If there is dirt on the cluster use a brush or cloth to clean it up. It is best to avoid rinsing mushrooms, as doing so literally waters down the flavor. Fresh mushrooms can last up to seven days in the refrigerator.
When British botanist/mycologist Richard Relhan described this mushroom in 1785 he named it Agaricus radicatus. Initially most of the gilled fungi were placed in a large genus named Agaricus. Today, most of the Agaricus genus contents have been redistributed to many other genera. Due to appearance and growing habits there has been mush debate about where the Chestnut Royale mushroom should sit in the taxonomic system and has acquired many other scientific names over the past 200 years. One of the current scientific names, Xerula radicata, dates from a 1995 publication by the German mycologist Heinrich Dörfelt.
The Chestnut Royale mushroom grows well in China, and is also found in many other parts of the globe including the United States of America, Ireland, and Britain.