Hydnum repandum

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Hydnum repandum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Cantharellales
Family: Hydnaceae
Genus: Hydnum
Species: H. repandum
Binomial name
Hydnum repandum
L. (1753)[1]
Synonyms[6]
Hydnum repandum
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Mycological characteristics
teeth on hymenium
cap is depressed
hymenium is decurrent
stipe is bare

spore print is white

to cream
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: choice

Hydnum repandum, commonly known as the sweet tooth, wood hedgehog or hedgehog mushroom, is an edible mushroom with no poisonous lookalikes. A basidiomycete fungus of the family Hydnaceae, it is the type species of the genus Hydnum. The fungus produces fruit bodies (mushrooms) that are characterized by their spore-bearing structures—in the form of spines rather than gills—which hang down from the underside of the cap. The cap is dry, colored yellow to light orange to brown, and often develops an irregular shape, especially when it has grown closely crowded with adjacent fruit bodies. The mushroom tissue is white with a pleasant odor and a spicy or bitter taste. All parts of the mushroom stain orange with age or when bruised.

A mycorrhizal fungus, Hydnum repandum is broadly distributed in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe where it fruits singly or in close groups in coniferous or deciduous woodland. This is a choice edible species, although mature specimens can develop a bitter taste. Mushrooms are collected and sold in local markets of Europe, Mexico, and Canada.

Taxonomy[edit]

First officially described by Carl Linnaeus in his 1753 Species Plantarum, Hydnum repandum was sanctioned by Elias Fries in 1821.[7] The species has been shuffled to several genera: Hypothele by Jean-Jacques Paulet in 1812; Dentinum by Samuel Frederick Gray in 1821; Sarcodon by Lucien Quélet in 1886; and Tyrodon by Petter Karsten in 1881.[6] After a 1977 nomenclatural proposal by mycologist Ronald H. Petersen[8] was accepted, Hydnum repandum became the official type species of the genus Hydnum. Previously, supporting arguments for making H. repandum the type were made by Marinus Anton Donk (1958)[9] and Petersen (1973),[10] while Zdeněk Pouzar (1958)[11] and Kenneth Harrison (1971) thought that H. imbricatum should be the type.[12]

Several forms and varieties of H. repandum have been described. Forms albidum and rufescens, found in Russia, were published by T.L. Nikolajeva in 1961;[13] the latter taxon is synonymous with H. rufescens.[14] Form amarum, published from Slovenia by Zlata Stropnik, Bogdan Tratnik and Garbrijel Seljak in 1988,[15] is illegitimate as per article 36.1 of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants, as it was not given a sufficiently comprehensive description. Jean-Baptiste Barla described H. repandum var. rufescens in 1859.[16] Carleton Rea described the white fruit bodied version as a variety—H. repandum var. album—in 1922.[17]

Molecular studies have shown that the current species concept for H. repandum may need revision as there is a poor overlap between morphological and molecular species concepts. Phylogenetic analysis of European specimens, based on internal transcribed spacer and 5.8S DNA sequences, indicates that H. repandum specimens form two distinct clades, whose only consistent morphological distinction is cap size. These genetic differences may indicate the presence of undescribed cryptic species, and that the taxon may currently be undergoing intensive speciation.[18]

The specific epithet repandum means "bent back", referring to the wavy cap margin. The varietal epithet album means "white as an egg".[19] Hydnum repandum has been given several vernacular names: "sweet tooth",[20] "yellow tooth fungus",[21] "wood urchin",[22] "spreading hedgehog",[23] "hedgehog mushroom", or "pig's trotter".[24] The variety alba is known as "white wood".[19]

Description[edit]

Detail of the spines

The orange-, yellow- or tan-colored pileus (cap) is up to 17 cm (6.7 in) wide, although specimens measuring 25 cm (9.8 in) have been documented. It is generally somewhat irregular in shape (it may be convex or concave at maturity), with a wavy margin that is rolled inward when young.[24] Caps grow in a distorted shape when fruit bodies are closely clustered.[25] The cap surface is generally dry and smooth, although mature specimens may show cracking.[24] Viewed from above, the caps of mature specimens resemble somewhat those of chanterelles.[26] The flesh is thick, white, firm, brittle, and bruises yellow to orange-brown. The underside is densely covered with small, slender whitish spines measuring 2–7 mm (0.1–0.3 in) long.[24] These spines sometimes run down at least one side of the stipe.[22] The stipe, typically 3–10 cm (1.2–3.9 in) long and 1–3 cm (0.4–1.2 in) thick, is either white or the same color as the cap, and is sometimes off-center.[24] It is easy to overlook the mushrooms when they are situated amongst gilled mushrooms and boletes, because the cap and stipe are fairly nondescript and the mushrooms must be turned over to reveal their spines.[27] The pure white variety of this species, H. repandum var. album, is smaller than the main variety, with a cap measuring 2–7 cm (0.8–2.8 in) wide and a stipe that is 1–3 in (2.5–7.6 cm) long.[19]

The spore print is pale cream. Spores are smooth, thin-walled and hyaline (translucent), roughly spherical to broadly egg-shaped, and measure 5.5–7.5 by 4.5–5.5 µm. They usually contain a single, large refractive oil droplet. The basidia (spore-bearing cells) are club-shaped, four-spored, and measure 30–45 by 6–10 µm. The cap cuticle is a trichodermium (where the outermost hyphae emerge roughly parallel, like hairs, perpendicular to the cap surface) of narrow, club-shaped cells that are 2.5–4 µm wide. Underneath this tissue is the subhymenial layer of interwoven hyphae measuring 10–20 µm in diameter. The spine tissue is made of narrow (2–5 µm diameter), thin-walled hyphae with clamp connections.[22]

Similar species[edit]

North American lookalikes include the white hedgehog (Hydnum albidum) and the giant hedgehog (Hydnum albomagnum). H. albidum has a white to pale yellowish grey fruit body that bruises yellow to orange. H. albomagnum is large and paler than H. repandum.[28] Hydnum umbilicatum is smaller, with caps measuring 3–5 cm (1.2–2.0 in) in diameter, and thinner stipes that are 0.5–1 cm (0.2–0.4 in) wide.[29] Its caps are umbilicate (with a navel-like cavity), sometimes with a hole in the center of the cap,[25] unlike the flattened or slightly depressed caps of H. repandum.[19] Microscopically, H. umbilicatum has spores that are larger and more elliptical than those of H. repandum, measuring 7.5–9 by 6–7.5 µm.[26] A European lookalike, Hydnum rufescens, is also smaller than H. repandum, and has a deeper apricot to orange color.[30] Hydnum ellipsosporum, described as a new species from Germany in 2004, differs from H. repandum by the shape and length of its spores, which are ellipsoid and measure 9–11 by 6–7.5 µm. Compared to H. repandum, it has smaller fruit bodies, with cap diameters ranging from 3 to 5 cm (1.2 to 2.0 in) wide.[31]

Ecology, habitat and distribution[edit]

Collection from Eggingen, Germany

Hyndum repandum is a mycorrhizal fungus.[25] The fruit bodies grow singly, scattered, or in groups on the ground or in leaf litter in both coniferous and deciduous forests.[24][30] They can also grow in fairy rings.[32] Fruiting occurs from summer to autumn.[20] The species is widely distributed in the northern temperate zone, and is one of the most common of the tooth fungi.[24] It has been recorded from Australia, Europe, northern Asia, and North America.[28] In Europe, it has been listed as a vulnerable species in the Red Data Lists of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany; Sweden lists it as being of Least Concern.[33]

Edibility[edit]

The hedgehog mushroom is considered to be a good edible, having a sweet, nutty taste and a crunchy texture. Some consider it the culinary equivalent of the chanterelle.[34] Author Michael Kuo gives it an edibility rating of "great" and notes that there are no poisonous lookalikes, and that they are unlikely to be infested with maggots. Delicately brushing the cap and stipe of specimens immediately after harvest will help prevent soil from getting lodged between the teeth. Hydnum repandum mushrooms can be cooked by pickling,[35] simmering in milk or stock, and sautéeing, which creates a "tender, meaty texture and a mild flavor."[36] The mushroom tissue absorbs liquids well and assumes the flavors of added ingredients.[36] The firm texture of the cooked mushroom makes it suitable for freezing. Its natural flavor is reportedly similar to the peppery taste of watercress,[27] or oysters.[37] Older specimens may have a bitter taste, but boiling can remove the bitterness.[35] Specimens found under conifers can taste "unpleasantly strong".[38] The form amarum, locally common in Slovakia, is reportedly inedible because its fruit body has a bitter taste at all developmental stages.[15]

Hydnum repandum, dried[39]
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,431 kJ (342 kcal)
Fat 4.3 g
Protein 19.7 g
Vitamin C 1.1 mg (1%)
Calcium 600 mg (60%)
Iron 38 mg (292%)
Magnesium 230 mg (65%)
Manganese 23.2 mg (1105%)
Potassium 2.89 mg (0%)
Sodium 31.9 mg (2%)
Zinc 5.72 mg (60%)
Percentages are roughly approximated
using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Hydnum repandum is frequently sold with chanterelles in Italy, and in France, it is one of the officially recognized edible species sold in markets.[32] In Europe, it is usually sold under its French name Pied-de-Mouton (mutton's foot).[28] It is also collected and sold in local markets of Mexico,[40] Spain[41] and British Columbia, Canada.[42] H. repandum mushrooms are also used as a food source by the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).[43]

As a widespread edible species, Hydnum repandum has been the subject of several scientific studies determining its nutritional and chemical composition. Mushrooms contain 10.7% moisture and 9.2% ash. The organic acid composition includes malic acid (0.31 grams (g) per 100 g of mushroom, dry weight) and citric acid (0.65%).[39] They have the following essential amino acids (value expressed as a percentage of the total amino acids): valine, 3.9%; leucine, 14.5%; leucine, 3.2%; threonine, 4.4%; methionine, 1%; lysine, 4.3%; phenylalanine, 3.4%; tryptophan, 1.4%. Lipid content is 4.7% (expressed as a percent of dry matter). Major fatty acids include palmitate (15.7%), stearate (0.9%), oleate (26.4%), lineoleate (47.5%), and linolenate (20.3%). The mycosterol content has been recorded as 628 milligrams of ergosterol and 85 mg of fungisterol (both values per 100 grams of dry matter).[44]

Chemistry[edit]

Both H. repandum and the variety album contain the diepoxide compound repandiol (2R,3R,8R,9R)-4,6-decadiyne-2,3:8,9-diepoxy-1,10-diol), which was shown to have potent cytotoxic activity against various tumor cells in laboratory culture.[45] At the molecular level, repandiol is an alkylating agent. It inserts crosslinks between strands of DNA, making it difficult for the genetic material to be expressed or replicated.[46]

The volatile chemicals responsible for the fruity aroma of the mushroom are known. The 12 compounds include eight-carbon derivatives such as 1-octen-3-ol, (E)-2-octenol, and (E)-1,3-octadiene.[47]

European studies conducted after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster have shown that the fruit bodies have a high rate of accumulation of the radioactive isotope cesium.[48]

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  • Dugan FM. (2011). Conspectus of World Ethnomycology. St. Paul, Minnesota: American Phytopathological Society. ISBN 978-0-89054-395-5. 

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