Black trumpet mushrooms (aka horn of plenty mushrooms, black chanterelles) are fragile and trumpet-shaped with a waxy black-grey-brown surface. They are prized (especially in France) for their buttery, rich, nutty and sometimes slightly smoky flavor. Delicious fresh, they also dry and rehydrate well because they are so thin.
Dried mushrooms are a great value. It takes about 5 pounds of fresh mushrooms to create 8 ounces of dried mushrooms. In addition, they can be shipped much more affordably.
* Organic - 16oz size package is certified organic. 2, 4, 8oz sizes are from the same supply, but have been repacked in smaller packages in a facility that is not certified organic and thus cannot be labeled/certified organic.