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Week 108:


If you’ve never heard of Lion’s Mane mushrooms, don’t fret– not many people have, but once you try them you’ll wonder why it took you so long! This mushroom is popular in vegan and vegetarian recipes as it provides an amazing hearty and firm texture, very similar to crab, shredded chicken, and even shrimp! It is mild in flavor and an excellent vehicle to take on the different flavors with which you are cooking.  An added bonus– research has found that lion’s mane may protect against dementia, reduce mild symptoms of anxiety and depression and help repair nerve damage. It also has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting abilities.

While it might not be at every local grocery store, the RI Mushroom Co. sells them at Whole Foods and other markets.  You can also find them at Bootstrap Farm Club. You may want to place an order ahead of time and you pick them up when Bootstrap is at Highfield every Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Mushroom Shop in Somerville also carries these mushrooms.

Below is a recipe for Lion’s Mane “Crabby” patties. We serve them with a side salad and also as a “crab cake” sandwich with tartar sauce or remoulade.  I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it!

Adapted from Aubrey’s Kitchen