Associate web editor Marian Bull gave the test kitchen the greatest gift this week: a case of assorted gourmet mushrooms. While we saw a familiar face in shiitake, we were introduced to some new ones. From the top left going clockwise, there were: grey oyster, pioppino, lion’s mane, golded enoki, shiitake, hen of the woods, and lemon oyster. Grey and lemon oyster mushrooms have the same flavor profile as the standard oyster variety, but with different colors making them perfect to mix into a beautiful mushroom medley. Pioppinos have a stronger umami flavor, giving it a an almost porky taste when cooked. Lion’s Mane mushrooms, or pom-pom mushrooms, are globular in shape, with a texture similar to seafood when cooked, making them a common substitute for meat in vegetarian dishes. While we often cook with enoki mushrooms in testing Asian dishes, the golden variety are slightly thicker, resulting in a chewier texture. We learned that hen of the woods mushrooms are just another name for maitake mushrooms (we thought they looked familiar). They were all so beautiful that we will be developing a recipe to highlight them all coming soon!