Hydnum spp. – Hedgehogs

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Hedgehogs (Hydnum spp.) are a group of 49 mushrooms in the Hydnum genus that are all considered edible. Hedgehogs can be found in New England from July-November.
Hedgehogs are easily identified by their orange color and teeth under their cap.
Hedgehogs can be found growing in groups in moss and leaf litter. They grow symbiotically with a wide range of host trees, including beech and oak.
Hedgehogs are in the same family as chanterelles and can be used similarly. They have a dense, meaty texture and slightly sweet flavor.

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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