Many hunters in the area are getting primed for the start of Turkey season. The leaves are falling and the temperatures are starting to drop. The cool nights coupled with the fall rains bring on the reproductive cycles of Grifola frondosa and Laetiporus sulphureus, also know as Hen of the Woods and Chicken of the Woods respectively. Hen of the Woods is a very meaty/crispy mushroom with an Umami/nutty kick. Chicken of the Woods is as the name suggests, a perfect vegetarian substitute for the real thing. These mushrooms love older hardwood forests, being saprobic in nature they prey on dying and dead trees. I tend to find both most frequently in wood that have Oaks greater than 4 ft across. Sometimes a short walk will provide several dozen Lbs.
Keep your eyes open and don’t get frustrated waiting for Turkey! There are birds to be had now! Keep in mind these mushrooms develop a woody consistency in old age so if they feel too tough to chew, they probably are. Don’t get off on a bad foot with wild mushrooms by eating one that tastes like bark the first time. Always clean and cook these mushrooms before eating and keep in mind it’s best to go easy the first time you try a new mushroom, just in case you’re allergic.
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