Mushroom soup

by | Oct 28, 2016 | Soups

Mushrooms have long been celebrated as a source of powerful nutrients, they are known as the “meat” of the vegetable world. Mushrooms are a low-calorie food rich in B vitamins and  essential minerals such as selenium and copper.

Grasslands and forests of the Carpathian Basin are the home of nearly 250 edible mushroom species. In Hungary the most often collected fungi are field mushroom (Agaricus campestris), Scotch Bonnet, parasol mushroom, chanterelle, saffron milk cap, edible species of Russula and oyster mushroom.

If you pick wild mushrooms, you have to take some protective measures in order to avoid poisoning yourself. Collect only known and identified species. Take two collecting baskets: put mushrooms positively identified as edible in one. Put mushrooms you are uncertain about in the other. And the most important: ask a properly qualified and trained specialist to check your entire harvest before you eat any.

This time I used scaly wood mushrooms, but any other mushrooms such as Scotch bonnet or King Bolete (or even cultivated species) can be a perfect base of a hearty, tasty soup. To prepare the mushrooms, just use a dry paper towel to wipe off any dirt you see. Don’t run mushrooms under water, as they are very porous and will absorb the water, which keeps them from developing their flavor completely.

Mushroom soup
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