Maitake mushrooms turning unpleasantly bitter?
January 9, 2013 6:27 AM Subscribe
I made a pilaf with young hen-of-the-woods/maitake mushrooms
on Monday night. It was delicious
. This morning I nuked some leftovers for breakfast (it's been refrigerated for the past 36 hrs), and the mushroom pieces are now shockingly bitter
. What happened?
posted by Westringia F. to science & nature (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I don't mean bitter like coffee or beer or walnuts; I mean almost inedibly
bitter, like bitter melon
or orange oil. I don't mind bitter things (I eat bitter melon), but the change is freaking me out a bit. WTH happened? What are these alkaloids? Where did they come from? And of course... can I still eat it*?
* Assume for sake of argument that I do not want to be tripping balls at work.