Diners often give mushrooms short-shrift. The curious fruit of the fungi is one freaky-looking edible, both in form and appearance — it’s more of an alien life-form than epicurean delight. Eons ago, mushrooms probably appealed to our primal sense of discovery. The first question our ancestors might have had was "What is it?" and then "Is it edible?"
Fortunately they field-tested and then categorized these mysterious forest fruits into edible and non-edible varieties. So much so that mushrooms have become a revered staple in kitchens around the world. These time-tested recipes require few embellishments or fancy techniques to get the most out their unique texture and distinct flavor. (Text: Enrique Gili)