Sarcodon imbricatus
(Hawks Wing, Hydnum imbricatum, Scaly Urchin, Shingled Hedgehog)
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Location: Colorado
Smell: Mushroomy
Spore Print: Brown
Edibility: Edible
Color: Brown

Sarcodon imbricatus grows at higher elevations in coniferous woods. S. imbricatus very common in Colorado. I believe it is associated with Spruce and often found while looking for Boletes.

Also known as Hydnum imbricatum. This is a good mushroom for beginners as nothing looks quite like it and its easy to distingish. There are no known poisonous lookalikes. Edibility is best in younger specimens. Tastes very mushroomy with a slight bitterness. They tend to get infested with bugs rather quickly after fruiting.

I found a great way to prepare and preserve them is to spicy pickle them in a Mexican style escabeche with jalepenos, carrots & onions with cider vinegar.

A close relative Sarcodon Scabrosus has been found to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

There are several "toothed" fungi in Colorado. Some can be confusing to identify.

Last Updated:
Apr 18 2022 12:23 PM

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