Not of course the kind of hedgehog you might be thinking of, that is still on the wish list (it is important not to limit yourself…baked in clay to remove the spines is the prescribed cooking method). This is about my favourite wild mushroom: The hedgehog fungus.
There are a few reasons I like it so much and I think it all stems from the gills of this unique little mushroom. The hedgehog possesses spines instead of gills, which makes it one of easiest mushrooms to identify. My philosophy on gathering mushrooms has always been to look for the most unmistakable characteristics in edible fungi that could not be confused with poisonous cousins (I’m sure I am not the first to apply this method and I wont be the last).