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Old 05-16-2012, 10:54 AM   #41
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I'm fond of morels, but must say, I truly love Hen of the Woods. They're one of the only fall wild mushrooms, and there are no poisonous lookalikes. Huge meaty deliciousness.

When I last cooked morels, I saved and froze the leftover butter I cooked them in. Nice added to "domestic" mushroom soup.
Are you talking about "Hen of the Woods" (aka "Maitake") mushrooms, which resemble fluffy feathery balls? (Thus, the name "Hen".) Or are you talking about "Chicken of the Woods", which are large, meaty, yellowish orange slabs? (And that do look like chicken when sliced up.)

I only ask because I've seen the names frequently interchanged, & while I've never seen Maitakes wild around here, we do frequently find "Chicken of the Woods".
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:02 AM   #42
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I just love mushrooms and think it would be fun to get into hunting ANY kind :) I plan to take an ultrasound tech course next year so maybe I'll see if there are any classes that teach about identifying wild mushrooms. That would be a fun hobby.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:41 PM   #43
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Are you talking about "Hen of the Woods" (aka "Maitake") mushrooms, which resemble fluffy feathery balls? (Thus, the name "Hen".) Or are you talking about "Chicken of the Woods", which are large, meaty, yellowish orange slabs? (And that do look like chicken when sliced up.)

I only ask because I've seen the names frequently interchanged, & while I've never seen Maitakes wild around here, we do frequently find "Chicken of the Woods".
Chicken of the woods would be what we call sulfur shelves. They are wonderful! I bring frozen ones back when I go to MN in the late summer (along with the dried morels I sneak out of the pantry when my dad's not looking). Both are wonderful.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:53 PM   #44
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Are you talking about "Hen of the Woods" (aka "Maitake") mushrooms, which resemble fluffy feathery balls? (Thus, the name "Hen".) Or are you talking about "Chicken of the Woods", which are large, meaty, yellowish orange slabs? (And that do look like chicken when sliced up.)

I only ask because I've seen the names frequently interchanged, & while I've never seen Maitakes wild around here, we do frequently find "Chicken of the Woods".
Yes, Hen of the Woods. The pieces freeze and dry wonderfully. The one we got was found by a friend at the base of a dying elm tree. Around 8 pounds.



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Old 05-16-2012, 12:55 PM   #45
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Oyster mushrooms are my personal favorites. They grow on trees, and are really easy to identify. As are sulphur shelf mushrooms--nothing else is bright orange and yellow, growing on dead wood.
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Well, doing some more research, it seems that chanterelles are also good prospects for my area. Hunters around here say they appear under mixed pine and hardwood, and I have extensive areas like that where the "Lost pines" mix in with coastal plains oaks. And they have a fruiting window different from morels, which means you can concentrate on different kinds of terrain at different seasons.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:11 PM   #47
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I've been hunting mushrooms in the woods since I was 8 or 9. My mother used to can anywhere between 100 and 200 liters per summer. depending on the year. Not as much here in the states, not enough time to go every weekend, but still my father and I go every so often. I love wild mushrooms.

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Old 05-16-2012, 03:43 PM   #48
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I always miss morel season in MN (I don't usually go out in May or June), but I'm usually there for sulpher (sp) shelves in August...and those I really like, too.
I've been hunting mushrooms (and asparagus and ramps and berries) since I was a little kid. There are only three mushroom species that I'm fully comfortable identifying and eating: morels, chicken-of-the-woods (sulfur shelves), and puffballs. Puffballs are kind of interesting, though you can only eat them when they are young and haven't yet developed the smoky spores. I've heard of people in Wisconsin who hunt Chanterelles, but I don't think I've ever seen one in the wild myself.

My favorite way to eat morels is in wild mushroom soup.
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I am just not too crazy about puffballs--they taste like marshmallows without the sugar. Or tofu.

The oysters are foolproof. Look up a picture, and I will bet that you will recognize them. You might also find them in your local grocery store--cultivated ones--and that will help you ID them in the woods.

Here, you can find them anytime it is damp and the temperature is above freezing. In Ely, we found them around mid June, and sometimes in very large quantities. I used to spot them along the roads, in trees that had been damaged by road construction. Lots easier to spot than morels--you can't see morels from a car going 60 miles an hour!
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I am just not too crazy about puffballs--they taste like marshmallows without the sugar. Or tofu.

The oysters are foolproof. Look up a picture, and I will bet that you will recognize them. You might also find them in your local grocery store--cultivated ones--and that will help you ID them in the woods.

Here, you can find them anytime it is damp and the temperature is above freezing. In Ely, we found them around mid June, and sometimes in very large quantities. I used to spot them along the roads, in trees that had been damaged by road construction. Lots easier to spot than morels--you can't see morels from a car going 60 miles an hour!
Or asparagus unless you are red-green color-blind. My brother could spot asparagus at 60 mph, ditto wild asparagus.

Steve--can you post a photo of wild ramps? I am not sure I remember what they look like.
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