Dried Hedgehogs Mushrooms Wild USA. The hedgehog mushroom, however, has a strong characteristic flavor and odor, which becomes even more intense when the mushrooms are dried. The flesh of the mushroom is very resilient, even crunchy when raw, but remaining firm when cooked as well. Cooked fresh hedgehogs often remind consumers of meat, because the texture is so hearty. Dried hedgehogs can be used in any imaginable dish, although they are quite popular in stews and stuffings, which involve lengthy cooking times. These types of dishes bring out the flavor of the mushroom to complement the other ingredients.