Funky mushrumps are breaking ground all around. Enoki, Chanterelle, Reishi, Cordycep and King Trumpet—these toadstools come chock full of antioxidants and endurance-fueled properties. Having been staples of Eastern medicine for hundreds of years, they’re well overdue to go mainstream in the Western world, now sprouting up in unexpected places like spud-imbued energy bars and cold-brew coffee. Spore or less, fungi is having a moment.

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.


Seared Maitake

Maitake mushroom laid over Porcini puree with pickled beets, carrots, watermelon radish and parsnip. $15, Louies Modern, 1289 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-552-9688, @louiesmodern.

Porto“Bellies” Tacos

Smoked Portobellos compiled with house slaw, roasted tomatoes, crispy onions and cotija.
in corn tortillas. $9, Brick’s Smoked Meats, 1528 State St., Sarasota, 941-993-1435, @bricks_smoked_meats.  

Mushroom Risotto

Lion’s Mane and Oyster mushrooms sautéed with rice and ricotta salata cheese, poured
into a Chaga broth. $24.95, Lila, 1576 Main St., Sarasota, 941-296-1042, @lila_srq. 

Wild Mushroom Bisque

Rich, creamy soup flavored with dried Porcinis, fresh Shiitakes and earthy Criminis, topped with brown butter rye croutons and Truffle oil. $8, Indigenous, 239 South Links Ave., Sarasota, 941-706-4740, @indigenouschef.