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Enokitake /Enoki(Flammulina Velutipes)

A form of mushroom, sometimes called the Velvet Shank, which grows in the wild in Britain, Northern Europe and North America – apart from in Germany, it’s largely disregarded. However the Japanese cultivate it enthusiastically and young specimens are a delicacy. In Britain, it’s most often found canned – generally originating from Taiwan – and labelled as 'golden mushrooms’.

If harvested from the wild, the stems should be discarded; but if they've been cultivated they are better cooked with their stems intact.

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