We were out doing our normal Morel hunting and ran into these yummy devils. Here in North Idaho, they grow in the dark forests and you can spot them when they poke out of the floor rubble as they grow. Beware some people get the green apple quick step or tummy pains from these. The Coral Mushroom (Genus Ramaria). Eat this guy in the spring and stay away from the ones in the fall as they will make you sick and severe upset tummy and sometimes poisoning and never eat any red ones or any that have a slimy fluid coming out of them.
I cook them along with my Morels sauteed in butter and garlic they take the Morels flavor and are great. They are white to a yellow or tan color, don’t eat any red ones or any color other than the ones I said. They are very delicate and fall apart easily and are hard to get the dirt out of their crown. They are similar to the Cauliflower mushroom but it has more flat crown tips.
I plan on making a Morel, Coral, and Bolete mushroom soup. You can put the Corals in soups and anything you would put mushrooms in, they go bad fast so either freeze them or dry them if you have a good dehydrator. It is said to cut the stems off and just use the crown of the Corals but I slice the whole mushroom into thin big pieces and I love the stock.