Chicken of the woods

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bobd
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Chicken of the woods

Post by bobd » Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:14 pm

First time actually gathering and eating. Wife's Ukrainian and seems like they get WAY too excited about mushroom picking, like it's an unofficial national sport! LOL

These seem to be a really easy one to identify, and only somewhat resemble chanterelles, which is no problem, or jack-o'-lantern, which while poisonous, quite frankly is so different in how it grows and its appearance I'm not sure how you could confuse it but I guess you could.
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toad sticker
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Re: Chicken of the woods

Post by toad sticker » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:05 pm

Check out 1:27 on this vid and tell me what's what...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWvpDhMPTqY

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led4
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Re: Chicken of the woods

Post by led4 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:23 pm

What conditions and terrain do they grow?

bobd
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Re: Chicken of the woods

Post by bobd » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:17 am

toad sticker wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:05 pm
Check out 1:27 on this vid and tell me what's what...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWvpDhMPTqY

TS
Yep that's them. From what I read there's actually three subsets but they're all the same mushroom. The important thing is underneath should not have lines or gills. It should be smooth or you should be able to see pores. They also grow in shelves and clusters, not individually so that's another way to tell for sure.

While I understand they will grow on many types of dead trees, most of the time you will find them on Oak just as you did.

The wife is cooked them up a couple of different ways and they really do have the texture and subtle flavor of chicken. Additionally, much to my surprise, they're actually very high in protein. I would suspect not a complete protein but still a very high for a mushroom.

Where we live there's a lot of oak trees and quite a few down so we should be having a lot more. Additionally when I'm hiking or hunting I'll be keeping my eye out as well.

The one caveat I have read is there are some people, just like anything, that do have allergies to these. So my advice would be to fry up a small piece, try and see how you react. If all is well then go for it!

bobd
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Re: Chicken of the woods

Post by bobd » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:22 am

led4 wrote:
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:23 pm
What conditions and terrain do they grow?
How we found them, and what I've heard is the most common, is they'll be on dead oak trees. I believe they can be found on other dead trees, including Pine. I believe they are found throughout the U.S, but there's three different types and some lack the sharp orange pink color that these do.

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