beech mushrooms

Simple Roasted Beech Mushrooms

Beech mushrooms are delicious edible mushrooms that grow in clusters on fallen beech trees, primarily in East Asia. They are a savory, umami mushroom that is simple to prepare and pairs well with stews, sauces, soups, and even topped on salads.

While they are a classically flavored mushroom with an umami taste, it is almost impossible to overcook them. They retain their flavor, shape, and integrity even after many hours.

It’s not recommended to eat raw beech mushrooms for two reasons:

1) They are quite bitter and decidedly hard to eat without having been cooked.
2) Their nutritional composition is unable to be absorbed unless broken down through the process of cooking.

If you’re new to cooking with beech mushrooms, this easy beech mushroom recipe can be an excellent primer to help you familiarize yourself with the tasty fungi.

  •  Servings: 2
  •  Ready In: 25 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown beech mushrooms

  • 1 cup white beech mushrooms

  • 1 healthy pour of red wine

  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil or oil of your choice

  • 2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice powder

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • Chili spice to taste

  • Dash of fresh chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried coriander) to top

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Cut the ends of the beech mushrooms. Wash and drain. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the seasonings. Toss the beech mushrooms and combine.

  4. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and transfer the mixture and mushrooms to the sheet.

  5. Close the ends of the tinfoil around the mushrooms, and seal shut.

  6. Bake for 15 minutes.

  7. When finished, remove the baking sheet, unwrap the tinfoil, and garnish with chili pepper and coriander.

Health Benefits
  1. Beech mushrooms: high in protein, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. Believed to help fight heart disease.

  2. Peanut oil: full of healthy fats, peanut oil may help prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol while contributing to heart health.

  3. Chinese Five Spice: full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and believed to reduce the risk of cancer.

  4. Red wine: rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and resveratrol. Each of these powerful antioxidant properties is thought to benefit the heart in different but complementary ways.

  5. Coriander: plentiful in several vitamins and minerals per ounce, including dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese. Also full of vitamins C and K.

  6. Chili spice: contains vitamin C and antioxidants, and may just help burn fat and boost metabolism.

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