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Pioppino mushrooms have an earthy, nutty flavour that’s slightly sweet with some peppery notes. They are delicious in soups, stir-fries, risottos and pasta dishes, and their intense flavour goes well with game and red meat. Some say it has a 'pork-like' flavour!


They are particularly popular mushrooms in Southern Europe and Asia. Italian dishes incorporate them into risotto, pasta and meat dishes.  Asian cooking incorporates the Pioppino mushroom into dishes like soups, stews, hot pots and stir-fries.


Cyclocybe aegerita (Cyclone cylindracea) is known colloquially as Pioppino, Black Poplar mushroom, Poplar Fieldcap, Tea Tree Mushroom in China and Yanagi-matsutake in Japan, and goes by many popular and scientific names.


It is thought to be one of the first mushrooms cultivated in Europe and is described by both ancient philosophers Pliny the Elder and Aristotle. It’s highly prized in other European countries such as Italy, Spain, Portugal and France for its nutty flavour and crunch. 


Black poplar is a rich source of linoleic acid, which plays a special role in support of heart health and may improve insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. It also has antioxidant properties.


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Pioppino Mushroom Growing Information:


Difficulty: Medium

Care: Medium 

Flavour/Texture: Sweet/Firm

Health: High linoleic acid, which supports heart health and may improve insulin sensitivity and blood pressure.

Preferred temperature: 13-18℃

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor


See our online instructions here.

Black Poplar (Pioppino) Mushroom Growing Kit

  • Black Poplar Mushroom Growing Kits contain detailed Instructions, a growing box and  a colonised mycelium block grown on natural, vegan growing medium made of sawdust, straw and spent coffee grounds. ✼ This kit may require daily misting with a clean spray botttle.