Dried Lobster Mushrooms. The lobster mushroom is something of an oddity in the mushroom world, which certainly has more than its share of unusual characters. The lobster mushroom forms when the fungus Hypomyces lactifluorum attacks and parasitizes a host mushroom, covering the entire exterior portion with the brilliant orange skin that is the lobster mushroom’s most visually distinctive trait.
Fresh Lobster Mushrooms: Lobster mushrooms (Hypomyces lactifluorum) are found in woods, where its favorite host, the short-stemmed russula grows; widespread, especially common under conifers in the Pacific Northwest. Lobster mushrooms are said to have a seafood-like flavor, but probably really get their name from their bright orange-red exterior and creamy white interior.