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April 05, 2021 4 min read
If you’re completely new to learning about the health benefiting properties of lion’s mane mushroom, these mushrooms grow most commonly in woodland areas of Asia and the United States on decaying tree stumps, and are most interestingly known to support a healthy response to stress, as well as, to help promote mental agility, focus and overall cognitive performance.*. Similar to other superfood mushrooms, they support digestive health and whole body support including overall immune health.* They are also full of extra vitamins and minerals you wouldn’t necessarily find in your day to day snacks.*
If you’re already a fan of lion’s mane and you’d like to know more about cooking meals, or recipes with lion’s mane mushrooms, then you’re in the right place. This article will give you some inspiration, and dig into some delicious recipes with lion’s mane mushrooms: in both fresh and powdered form.
Lion’s mane is most often compared to the texture and taste of crab or lobster. Though it has a similar taste to regular mushrooms, there is something even more meaty and delicious about the taste of these mushrooms. The texture is spongy and stringy, which is also comparable to tofu or jackfruit (which if you’re vegan, you’ll already know all about). Once lion’s mane is cooked, it’s tender and chewy, which makes it an amazing meat substitute in all kinds of dishes. Whether fresh or powdered, many would describe lion’s mane to still be relatively tasteless in comparison to other herbal adaptogens or superfoods.* This allows it to be easily blended with a variety of ingredients and flavors.
Much like cooking with other varieties of wild mushrooms, recipes with lion’s mane mushrooms are best kept simple. Often, you’ll need no more than a little seasoning and oil. Lion’s mane can be cooked in fresh, powder or dried form. With lion’s mane mushroom powder, you have the versatility and usability of adding into soups, smoothies, juices or making tea and coffee. With fresh mushrooms, you can tear chunks into bite sized wedges, or cut into slices and fry, simmer or bake as you would a cauliflower, tofu slice or aubergine. We think that dried lion’s mane mushrooms are easy enough to sprinkle on just about any dish. They lack the tender meat-like texture of fresh lion’s mane, but it’s important to note that the mushroom taste can be stronger in dried form.
The dishes mentioned below feature fresh lion’s mane. However, know that you can also adapt each recipe to include powdered or dried lion’s mane. We’ve focused on savoury dishes here, with fresh lion’s mane recipes. However, both lion's mane mushroom powder recipes and dried lion's mane mushroom recipes are great for blending with sweet dishes.
To enjoy your lion’s mane nice and crispy on the outside, all you need to do is:
Enjoy as a side or as part of a stir fry, pasta or rice dish.
The unique texture of lion’s mane mushroom mimics the quality of crab or lobster, which makes it the perfect plant-based crab cake option.
Mushroom risotto is a classic recipe, perfect for sharing with larger groups that can easily be adapted to include lion’s mane.
With so many capsules, supplements, tinctures and powders available on the internet, it can be difficult to know where to buy your lion’s mane from.
Our advice is to look for something made with only non-GMO ingredients, and free from artificial flavors. All Rritual products are also sustainably made, vegan and gluten free. You can shop our selection of lion’s mane products here.
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