Before you delve into the mysterious world of gourmet mushrooms, we thought we would give you a road map so you don't get lost:
Oysters: Pale grey with a scallop-shaped cap and beautiful opalescence. They emanate an aroma reminiscent of anise, very fruit-like and winy at times.
Forest Mushrooms: Whimsical shapes and sizes and rustic and earthy flavors assembled in a flavorful medley.
Shiitake: With a "meaty taste", this intense mushroom is well-suited for meats, sauces and stir-fries.
Fairy Ring "Mousserons": Flat and dry, Mousserons deliver an intensely sweet aroma and flavor.
Porcini: Heady with a fine-but-rich taste that pairs well with blander dishes like pasta.
Chanterelles: These beautiful flower-like mushrooms have a fruity fragrance with hints of apricot.
Morels: Meaty and aromatic.
Straw: These are the mushrooms cartoons are made of! Small and plump with jolly hats and a great mild flavor.
NOW you can go mushroom hunting!