Kinoko (Mushroom) Day for My Family/我が家族にとってはキノコの日

Japanese Food

Today, October 11, my son and I went for mushroom gathering in two mountains, Mt. Kinjo, near Untoan, and another local mountain in Shiozawa, called Mt. Akiba (not the one in Yuzawa, an adjacent town).
We were lucky to find this log, full of honey mushrooms!

Aren’t they beautiful?

Honey mushrooms are called naratake in Japanese, but the local people here in the Uonuma region of Niigata prefecture call them amandare. Honey mushrooms are very popular in Japan, and have other various local names throughout Japan, such as kuzure and boribori.
英語でhoney mushroomと呼ばれるナラタケですが、新潟県の魚沼地域の人たちはアマンダレと呼びます。ナラタケは日本ではとてもポピュラーで、他にもクズレやボリボリなど様々な地方名があります。

We also found this jumbo mushroom, parasol mushroom, more than 30 cm in height and 18 cm in cap diameter.

Views from Mt. Akiba:

All rice paddies have been cultivated.

One of the sad things about mushroom gathering in Japan for the past few years is that sugihiratake (called kataha in the Uonuma region of Niigata prefecture), Angel Wing in English, is now regarded as poisonous.
ここ数年、日本でのキノコ狩りに関して悲しいことの一つが、スギヒラタケ(新潟県の魚沼地方では「カタハ」と呼ぶ。英語ではAngel Wing)が現在では毒キノコと見なされていることです。

We washed the honey mushrooms three times to make sure they were clean.

I boiled them for about two minutes.

I threaded the hokoritake (puffballs) onto skewers for grilling.

I cut the cap of the parasol mushroom into eight equal sectors.

My daughter did the breading (dusting with flour, coating with beaten egg, and then coating with panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)).

The mushroom itself tasted of nothing, but we enjoyed the fluffy texture while having it with tonkatsu sauce.

I pan-fried hoteishimeji (Clitocybe clavipes (Pers. : Fr.) Kummer), other edible mushrooms, and the stems of the parasol mushroom with some oil, and seasoned with salt and soy sauce. I refrained from having this dish because I know hoteishimeji will poison you if you have it with alcohol (and I was drinking). My son said the stems of the parasol mushroom were stringy and almost inedible.

I made kinoko soup, using some boiled honey mushroom.

Puffballs grilled in the toaster oven:

I almost forgot to mention that I made tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlets) as well, because I thought that the mushroom fries would not be enough to fill our stomachs. (Of course, my daughter did the breading.)

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