© Denzil Green
Enoki Mushrooms kind of look like sprouts from another planet. They are small mushrooms with very small creamy white caps on very long, thin stems that look a bit like spaghetti. The cap is usually about just 1/4 inch wide (60mm); the stem will be about 3 to 4 inches long (7.5 to 10cm.)
They are cultivated in jars on sawdust. Like most mushrooms, they can decompose material to get their own food out of the material.
They grow in bunches and have a mild taste.
They can be bought fresh, canned or in tall bottles.
Nametake is the version of these mushrooms that is harvested from the wild.
Trim the lower 1/2 portion off the base of the bunch before using when working with fresh.
Enoki Mushrooms are usually used raw, when they are crisp and crunchy. They become tough when cooked, so cook only very lightly.
Store in fridge, use within 2 to 3 days.