Enoki Mushroom

Scientific Name: Flammulina velutipes is a highly regarded mushroom especially in Japan where it's called Enokitake or Enoki (the English pronunciation for Enokitake).

Due to its popularity, this mushroom is also farmed and commercialised. The farmed and commercial form is represented by a long, thin white mushroom. The cultivated form is a popular ingredient for soups, especially in the East Asian cuisine, but can be used for salads and other dishes. The mushroom has a crisp texture and can be refrigerated for approximately one week. The farmed form is also known as Golden Needle mushroom, Futu mushroom or Lily mushroom. The farmed F. vellutipes is usually commercialised fresh or canned.

The wild forms differ in color, texture, and sliminess and may be called Futu, Seafood mushrooms, Winter mushrooms or Winter fungus, Velvet foot, Velvet stem or Velvet shank.