Entoloma abortivum – Shrimp of the Woods

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Shrimp of the Woods (Entoloma abortivum) is a unique looking mushroom that develops when an Entoloma fungus parasitizes a honey mushroom (Armillaria sp.). Shrimp of the woods can be found from September-November in decaying forest material.

Shrimp of the woods have a folded, twisted, brain-like shape with a pink interior. They have no gills. The mushroom should be discarded if it has any brown spots. Shrimp of the woods will often be found growing near the non-aborted form of Entoloma and honey mushrooms.
Shrimp of the woods are edible after cooked. After caramelizing, they will have a nutty flavor and a texture reminiscent of shrimp. These can be used in place of shrimp in recipes. They pair well with white wine, pasta, and hot peppers.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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