" When you get them home, have a good look through them and discard any that are soggy, maggot-infested or that have a musty odour.
" Do not wash them, but use a soft brush or a damp cloth to remove any debris and use a sharp knife to cut away damaged or soiled bits and to cut off tough stems.
" You'll only need to peel them if the skin is slimy. Some recommend separating stalks and stems and quartering the caps to ensure there is no infestation. Once they're prepared, mushrooms should be cooked and eaten as soon as possible.
" Sautee in butter with garlic and parsley and serve as a side dish, or add to omelettes or pasta dishes.
" They have an earthy flavour that works very well with wine-based and creamy sauces. Dries well.
" Poached eggs with wild mushrooms on toast
" Good, clean, young specimens can be served raw, with a drizzle of olive oil or truffle oil.
" Inspect older mushrooms carefully; you may need to discard the stems.
How to store wild mushrooms
Store wild mushrooms in your refrigerator crisper where they can benefit from cool air circulation. Keep partially covered to prevent them from drying out, but never store packaged fresh mushrooms without venting. Paper bags are a good storage alternative. Use fresh mushrooms within three days.
Health benefits of wild mushrooms
" Wild mushrooms provide the best non-animal source of vitamin D.
" Some species provide B vitamins, and a few even contain vitamin C.
" Mushrooms are also good sources of polyphenols, antioxidants that reduce cancer risk and may slow aging.
" Some wild mushrooms contain unknown toxins. And some people experience allergies or other adverse reactions after eating mushrooms that are harmless to other people. This is why you should eat small quantities the first time you consume it.