The black trumpet (Craterellus cornucopioides, aka “trumpet of death” or “horn of plenty”) is one of my favorite wild mushrooms. Don’t let its unremarkable appearance fool you; this is one of the best tasting fungi you’ll ever find. Black trumpets are considered a gourmet edible mushroom. They have a smoky, rich flavor and a pleasant, fruity aroma.
There are no poisonous look alikes, making this a great mushroom for beginners to identify. Unfortunately they’re not always easy to find. Their dark color and strange shape make them look like little black holes on the forest floor. Many times people (like me) have looked right at them without realizing the treat before their very eyes!
Black Trumpet mushrooms are a truly wild species that cannot be cultivated. But don’t worry, even if you aren’t ready to head out into the woods to forage for them yourself, But Black Trumpets can also be purchased dried in specialty food shops and online HERE.
It took us several years of foraging before we found any Black Trumpet mushrooms and once we found them the real challenge is figuring out best way to enjoy them. This Wild Foraged Black Trumpet Mushroom Spread is quick, easy, and delicious. A perfect recipe to make when you triumphantly return home with your first trumpets. We also regularly enjoy them in my Black Trumpet Risotto and as a topping on pizza.
I use fresh garlic scapes (the immature flowering tops of young garlic) from our garden in this dip, you can also use shallots or green onions. Most often in the late spring/early summer you’ll find garlic scapes at your local farmer’s market.