Black Poplar, or “Piopinno” in Italian, is a clustering, meaty mushroom with a nutty and crunchy flavor, it prefers hardwood logs half buried lengthwise in a wooded or garden setting that is shady and can sometimes naturalize into wood chip piles outdoors. Will also fruit on supplemented, sterilized sawdust indoors. This mushroom has shown a significant immune boosting function concentrating on anti-fungal properties. Another delicious, edible medicinal mushroom! This one can be chopped and sautéed in oil and pepper, sprinkled onto a cold salad with feta cheese and a herbal vinaigrette. Also wonderful sautéed and added to gravies for meat dishes.
Edibility and taste: Crunchy and Nutty
Grows on: Hardwood logs and mulch outdoors or Supplemented Sterilized sawdust indoors
Fruiting Temps: 45-60 F. Typically fruits in spring outdoors