Agrocybe aegerita, also called Agrocybe cylindracea or Pholiota aegerita, is a mushroom in the genus Agrocybe which is commonly known as the poplar mushroom or velvet pioppini (Chinese: 茶树菇, literally "Tea Tree Mushroom"). In Japan, it is called Yanagi-matsutake (Japanese:柳松茸).
The unique robust flavor of the Pioppini has already made it a hit with chefs all over America. Also known as the Black Poplar mushroom, it has magnificent dark brown caps on long cream colored stems. The intense forest flavor makes it a natural for pastas, game, and red meats.
The caps are dark chocolate brown with a soft/silky texture. The creamy stems have a texture similar to asparagus. Excellent on its own, with red meats or game.
Widely used in Italy for pasta con funghi. Pair with big red wines.