If I’d been sure of my tentative ID, I’d have taken home a cluster for closer examination and possible freezing for future meals. Frankly, I’d only seen Hen-of-the-woods in pictures, especially lately when comparing it to Chick-of-the-woods, the yellow shelf fungus we purchased at the Community Market a few weeks back.
It doesn’t look anything like it’s poultry-relative mushroom but its flat fans of spore-bearing fruiting body do look like hen’s tails. This specimen was one of several around the base of a dead maple.
Here again, there are pharmaceutical compounds from this mushroom being investigated for treatment of a number of human illnesses.
And here again, caveat emptor.
- Is it safe to eat this wild mushroom? (ask.metafilter.com)