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Lion's Mane

Mouth-watering, golden crisp & Intensely Succulent

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What Is Lion's Mane?

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In case you haven’t heard Lion’s Mane is one of the newest gourmet super foods to hit the scene. Commonly eating in a lot of Asian cultures as a style of mock meat it has finally found its way into local farmers’ markets and restaurants across the country.

Recently it has gathered a lot of attention for its promising results in a number of trials where it is suggested that I has a some very promising neuroregenerative qualities amongst benefits to regulating blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

Lion’s mane, also know as Hericium erinaceus is a truly remarkable fungus with a strikingly unforgettable appearance and an amazing rich umami flavour that wonderfully mimics the texture of meat. It’s no wonder that it is taking the culinary world by storm.

Why Is Lion's Mane So Special?

Recently lion’s mane has been touted as the next big superfood. As more and more people are switching to a plant-based diet we are looking for alternatives to meat.  Lion’s mane is a wonderful alternative. It has a rich umami flavour which is perfectly accompanied by a convincingly meat-like texture. This combination of qualities make it the perfect meat-free alternative. 

Not only is it delicious but it is full of health benefits. Recent studies have suggested that lion’s mane is a catalyst for neuroregeneration triggering a number of investigations worldwide into the possible therapeutic and medicinal benefits for this fancy fungus. It has been shown to reduce memory loss in mice as well as preventing neuronal damage caused by amyloid-beta plaques. A lot of people are now taking lion’s mane supplements to combat a number of neurological diseases and conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Like most gourmet mushrooms lion’s mane is also full of antioxidants and compounds that help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood stream. In mice it has been found to contain an anti-inflammatory which also has been show to reduce anxiety and depression.

How To Prepare Lion's Mane

Lion’s mane is incredibly easy to prepare. With a little preparation this curious looking fungi can be transformed into mouth-watering mushroom steaks with the perfect golden crust.

How To Cook Lion's Mane
How To Cook Lion's Mane

Step 1. Cut The Mushroom Into Slices

Begin by cutting the mushroom into 1 – 2 cm thick slices. 

Step 2. Fry In A Dry Pan

Fry the mushroom slices without oil on a medium-high temperature. This will dehydrate the mushroom while intensifying the flavours.

Fry for 5 minutes or until the mushroom has reduced by half.

How To Cook Lion's Mane

Step 3. Fry To Crisp

Add some olive oil and continue frying the mushroom over a medium-high temperature until golden and crisp. 

Serving Suggestions

There are endless possibilities when it comes to cooking with lion’s mane. I’ve spent countless hours dreaming of all the recipes I’ll be using it in such as mushroom parmigiana with a rich tomato sauce, a creamy peppery sauce with golden pan-fried gnocchi, a vegetable stir-fry with a touch of soy and sesame oil or as a succulent  pulled-pork style sandwich filling with served along with a crisp, tangy coleslaw.

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