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hericium erinaceus resasti iglicar hedgehog mushroom


Hericium erinaceus is a interesting mushroom which has a very short and firm stipe, from which long spines emerge. The whole mushroom can be more than 25 centimeters wide. The spines are relatively thich, elastic and white when young. The spines in older specimens are yellow colored. The flesh is white, thick but also fragile. It has a mild and pleasant smell, while the taste is almost sweet. The spore print has a yellow coloration.


Chemical reactions

There is no significant data.


This species mainly grows on oaks and beeches, but it can sometimes also be found on some other deciduous trees as well. It can be found both on stumps and on live trees. Hericium erinaceus can be found throughout Europe, North America and Asia.


This mushroom grows from the end of the summer, until the end end of the fall.



Edible and can be prepared in various ways. It has also been praised for its medicinal properties.

Similar species

Hericium erinaceus is a specific species which can easily be identified thanks to its compact form and relatively long spines. The possibility of confusing it with any other species is very low.



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