Anyone into wild mushrooms on this site? I'm pretty sure these are "Chicken of the Woods" and are edible. I found a bunch of them in one area. I was hesitant to pick them though. I guess I was the "Chicken of the Woods" on this day.
Those are chickens. I worked for a guy a few years ago that would sell them to local restaurants. I think he was getting 11.00 a pound. Everyone that I've talked to says they are good. I'm not a mushroom person, so I couldn't tell you.......
OK, I did some research and they are Chickens. I went back in and grabbed a cluster. One of the other clusters was already munched down by some critter. I did a quick sautee in olive oil. They were pretty good. The ends were the best as it gets woody towards the middle. I'm going to try and freeze some.
The only mushrooms I have ever picked and eaten where morel mushrooms up in Michigan. They really go well with a nice fresh lake run brown trout and some rice. I wish I knew which others were good to eat, but wouldn't chance it without going out with an expert picker.
When I was a lot younger and into bird hunting my mother would always give me a bag to take along and told me to collect some mushrooms. My father always told me never to pick any that weren't fluted underneath. When I got them home my mother would wash and inspect them. Then put in a lge. pot to boil and would put a silver coin in with them. She said if the coin turned black throw them out. Otherwise she would put most in the spaghetti sauce. The rest my Dad would make some Italian dish for a real treat.
Wild mushrooms are one thing I'm really looking forward to in the north east. More moisture means more mushrooms.
I drove 100 miles yesterday to a good spot. I picked 2 grocery sacks of oysters and elm oysters (those aren't too well known. My personal favorite of any. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/hypsizygus_ulmarius.html). I'm actually frying some up now to put on a pizza for an early lunch. I'm going to miss my good morel spots though. I picked just over 100lbs 2 years ago. Last year was terrible. I averaged 1 per 5 miles of walking.
Every year i get a few chicken of the woods in my back yard. Unfortunatly i didn't know what they were until last year after they rotted away... i planned on harvesting them this year, and ended up missing them again.. ill have to keep a closer watch next year...