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King Trumpet Mushrooms

It’s hard not to be inspired when you have this mushroom in your fridge. The king trumpet mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii) has quickly become a chef favorite due to its versatility and meat-like texture.

Known for its distinctive thick white stem and brown cap, the king trumpet mushroom varies in size from 4-7 inches long and 1-2 inches in diameter.

King trumpet mushrooms are native to parts of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, and are now commercially cultivated in North America. As a member of the Pleurotus family, this delicacy has accumulated a variety of names that include Trumpet Royale, King Oyster Mushroom, French Horn Mushroom, Cardoncello, and Eryngii.

This variety has always been popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisine, and in recent years, has become an on-trend ingredient among North American chefs who often use king trumpets in place of meat in pulled “pork” sandwiches, vegan “scallops” and even “ribs.”

King trumpet mushrooms can be refrigerated in their original packaging. When purchasing loose mushrooms, place them in a brown paper bag. It’s not uncommon to place the king trumpets in the main section of the refrigerator rather than produce drawer. Simply wipe these mushrooms with a damp cloth or paper towel before cooking.

Health Benefits of King Trumpet Mushrooms

King trumpet mushrooms not only taste great, but they also deliver significant nutritional benefits. This low-calorie flavor-booster provides higher levels of antioxidants such as ergothioneine than other mushrooms.

King Trumpet Mushroom Nutritional Profile

Healthy eating is made easy when king trumpet mushrooms are on the menu. They can easily be used in place of meat without sacrificing texture, and pack an impressive array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that aid in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

One (100g) serving of king trumpet mushroom provides the following:

  • 40 Calories
  • 7 Grams of Carbohydrates
  • 2 Grams of Protein
  • 3 Gram of Dietary Fiber
  • 0 Grams of Fat
  • 0 Milligrams Sodium
  • 1 Gram of Sugar
  • 0 Milligrams Cholesterol
  • Gluten-Free

One serving (2-3) king trumpet mushrooms are a source of niacin (35%), riboflavin (15%), pantothenic acid (15%), vitamin D (15%). They also contain thiamin (6%), potassium (6%), and folate (6%).

Culinary Applications

It’s no surprise to learn about the growing popularity of king trumpet mushrooms. Their versatility, texture and flavor have drawn interest from home cooks and world-class chefs. They work seamlessly with poultry, seafood, and legumes and have proven to hold their own in a variety of cuisines. Their chewy and meaty texture make them an excellent stand-in for meat.

Try king trumpet mushrooms in a variety of recipes, including:

  • Thick Sliced and Wrapped in Bacon
  • Slow Cooked and Shredded for a “Pulled” Style Sandwich
  • Sliced Lengthwise, Scored and Grilled
  • Threaded onto Skewers and Grilled
  • Marinated, Roasted and Served Over Meats
  • Stir-fried in Asian-Based Recipes
  • Cut into Cubes and Simmered in Broth

What’s great about the king trumpet mushroom is there is no waste. The entire mushroom is edible – from its thick and fleshy stem to its short gill cap. It’s recommended that king trumpet mushrooms be consumed once cooked.

King Trumpet Mushrooms FAQs

The following frequently asked questions about king trumpet mushrooms should help clear up any confusion, miscommunications or myths.

Q: What are king trumpet mushrooms good for?
A: This variety provides nutritional and antioxidant benefits. Its flavor is also enhanced when cooked and integrated into meat, poultry, fish, and other recipes.
Q: How are king trumpet mushrooms grown?
A: The king trumpet mushroom is typically grown at cool temperatures in materials such as hardwood sawdust and other agricultural by-products. Unlike Agaricus mushrooms, it does not thrive in compost-type soil.
Q: How long do king trumpet mushrooms last?
A: If stored in a refrigerator in the original packing or a brown paper bag, these mushrooms can last 1-2 weeks.
Q: Can you eat trumpet mushrooms raw?
A: For the best flavor and texture experience it’s suggested these mushrooms be cooked.
Q: Are trumpet mushrooms the same as oyster mushrooms?
A: The king trumpet is considered the largest of the Pleurotus mushroom family. In terms of culinary applications, texture, and flavor, they have very little in common.

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