Lion’s mane, or Hericium erinaceus, is an edible mushroom that is grown or harvested for both culinary and medicinal uses. Native to North America, Europe and Asia, it can be identified by its long spines, occurrence on hardwoods, and tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines. It has a unique combination of texture and a flavor that many people describe as reminding them of crab or lobster meat. Their meaty texture is often used as a substitute for meat and can serve as a replacement for seafood, chicken, and pork. This mild mushroom picks up the flavors of accompanying ingredients and is commonly sautéed, served in pasta, stir-fries, soups, burgers, and salads. They will keep for a couple of weeks when stored in in the refrigerator. After being cooked, they can be frozen for long term storage.