Fragrant and delicious wild Velvet Pioppini mushrooms are available in the summer through fall, while the cultivated versions are available year-round. Velvet Pioppini mushrooms, botanically classified as Agrocybe aegerita, are wild, edible mushrooms that belong to the Strophariaceae family. Also known as the Black Poplar mushroom, Poplar mushroom, Tea Tree mushroom, Yanagi-matsutake, Cha Shu Gu, Zhuzhuang-tiantougu, and Pholiote du Peuplier, Velvet Pioppini mushrooms are highly favored for their firm texture and are commonly added to pasta, soups, and stews.
Velvet Pioppini mushrooms are rich in copper, fiber, and vitamin B5, and also contain potassium, biotin, folate, iron, selenium, and vitamins B2 and B3. Additionally, they have anti-fungal and antibiotic properties.