I was pulling the stems out of some mushroom caps today - we save the stems and make broth out of them - when I discovered that some stems weren't coming out all the way. Have a look:


Mushroom fanatics out there: Any idea what causes this? Is there something wrong with these mushrooms? Am I being paranoid because I just read this question?

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    It looks like the stems just got a little woodier in the center and held on tighter?
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jan 7, 2012 at 17:06

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Jefromi's comment is spot on. I wouldn't be paranoid. The stem probably just didn't feel like coming out and hung on the head. This is completely normal and unless you picked these mushrooms yourself, I would never worry about that.


Mushrooms are complicated little guys. What you see as a single type of mushrooms is actually hundreds of different substrains. Its possible they're from a slightly different batch than what you're used to, and so have slightly different stems. I wouldn't worry about it, and enjoy the mushrooms!

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