Hericium Americanum

Common Names: Bear's Head Tooth, Bear's Head Mushroom









Hericium americanum, also known as the Bear's Head Tooth mushroom, is a fascinating and visually striking edible fungus native to North America. This mushroom belongs to the tooth fungus group, characterized by its long, cascading spines that resemble a waterfall of tiny icicles. It typically grows on dead or dying hardwood trees, particularly favoring wounds or broken limbs where it can easily establish itself. The Bear's Head Tooth is not only sought after for its unique and dramatic appearance but also for its culinary and medicinal qualities. It boasts a mild, sweet flavor with a texture similar to crab or lobster, making it a popular choice in gourmet cooking. It can be sautéed, fried, or used as a meat substitute in various dishes, adding a delightful texture and flavor to meals. Beyond its use in the kitchen, Hericium americanum is revered for its potential health benefits. Studies suggest that compounds in this mushroom may support nerve growth and regeneration, making it of interest in research related to neurological diseases. Additionally, it is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and to support the immune system, aligning with the medicinal uses of its close relatives in the Hericium genus. When foraging for Bear's Head Tooth, it is crucial to ensure accurate identification, as its unique morphology generally sets it apart from potentially harmful fungi. This mushroom is a favorite among mushroom hunters for both its striking looks and beneficial properties, making it a prized find in the forests of North America.



Sweet, delicate flavor


Savoury, seafood-like taste


Seafood-like flavor



The mushroom is tender when cooked, especially the younger specimens.


Its flesh has a spongy consistency, which can soak up flavors well when cooked.



Hericium americanum has the typical earthy aroma associated with many mushrooms.


When freshly harvested, it has a pleasant fresh scent.

Physical Characteristics


No distinct cap, tooth or spine-like branches 2-10 cm long. White.


Has spines instead of gills.

Helps With

Neurological Health

Hericenones and erinacines may stimulate nerve growth factors

Medicinal Chemistry

Look Alike Species

look alike species


Hericium coralloides



Differences:More uniform branching, found on both conifers and hardwoods

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