How to Identify Velvet Shanks
Velvet Shank, Enoki
Meaning of Botanical Name:
Flammulina meaning flaming top, and Velutipes meaning velvety leg
Could be confused with:
Sulphur tufts that don’t have the velvety brown to the stem and can’t withstand the winter cold as well, they also have a sulphurous colour to them.
Food Plant of:
This mushroom rarely has maggots.
Range and Distribution:
Common throughout Britain and Ireland, Europe, Aisa, North Africa and North America
Occurs on logs and stumps of hardwood trees and diseased trees
Physical Characteristics of the Velvet Shank Mushroom:
They grow in clusters on stumps, The caps are flame-like, orange in the centre becoming lighter and yellowy towards the edge
The gills are creamy coloured, adnate and well-spaced.
The stem starts of orangy yellow when young becoming dark brown and velvety with age.
They have a lovely sweet fruity metallic smell.
This mushroom has a white spore print.
The Velvet Shank Mushroom Fantastic edible mushroom, the stems can be a little chewy but go well in stews etc.
These mushrooms have good very anti-cancer properties.
The last word goes to……..
This gorgeous mushroom is a wild variety of the cultivated Enoki mushroom which is often used within Asian Cuisine.