Perhaps one of the most easily recognized edible mushrooms is the chicken of the woods. The fruiting bodies of this mushroom are bright yellow to orange and usually stand out from the brown or grey stumps they are usually found on. They are found mostly on decaying hardwoods but have been known to grown on conifers as well. Fruiting bodies grow in large broadly attached clusters, and can grow up to 30cm across.
Chicken of the woods is a great value mushroom for those not familiar with foraging. These mushrooms are easy to spot, are relatively common, and grow in 3 of the 4 seasons. As if that wasn’t enough they are often found in large quantities providing a bounty to the forager.
CAUTION, mushroom foraging can be extremely dangerous. Do not eat any wild mushrooms unless you can identify them 100%.
(these particular mushrooms were found very close to Kingston on a local trail)
These little beauties have been described as having a lemoney chicken taste and are great in soups, fried with butter or deep fried. Stick to the softer younger fruiting bodies and avoid the woody base. With flavours like this, I can’t wait to add them to a nice mushroom risotto!
Cheers from the wild,