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Old Apr 16, 2010, 6:58 pm   #1
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What on Earth is this?

Hello all. I stumbled across this specimen while hunting morels today. I have never encountered it before. My cell phone in the pic shows how huge it is. It was found growing in Sothern Oklahoma in bottomland soil near a standing dead tree. Any insight greatly appreciated.

p.s. Is it edible? Of course, I always assume NOT!
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 7:13 pm   #2
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Re: What on Earth is this?

That looks like a Chicken-of-the-woods (laetiporus sulphureus also called Sulpher Shelf mushroom)

They are edible and is the only mushroom that my wife will eat.
She doesn't like the texture of most mushrooms, but she really like these. It's one of the few things that when people say it taste just like chicken, really does.

Here is some links for you to check out more about it.
http://www.michiganmorels.com/beyond...fthewoods.html

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/laetip...ulphureus.html

http://www.michiganmorels.com/funtal...n-of-the-woods

yours looks like it is still young enough to be very good. I'd go back and cut it off and try it. There are some recipies in that third link.

Congratulations!
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 7:31 pm   #3
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Re: What on Earth is this?

Thanks so much Frank! That is certainly good news.....I will go back and harvest it this evening. One concern, however. Everything that I find on this mushroom states that it grows on/from trees. This specimen is in soil....near a large dead tree. Have you ever encountered one in soil? Also, I love to eat morels chicken-fried.......does this work well with Sulpher Shelf also? Thanks again!

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Old Apr 16, 2010, 10:30 pm   #4
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Re: What on Earth is this?

Frank do these grow in Michoigan as well ??
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 11:41 pm   #5
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Re: What on Earth is this?

It is probably growing on buried wood or root from the tree.
Yes, they are plentiful in Michigan.

As with any wild mushroom, always only try 2 or 3 bites and wait a day before trying anymore. This is to make sure you don't have any alergic reaction to them. Different people can tolerate different mushroom, and some people not at all.
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Old Apr 17, 2010, 6:36 am   #6
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Re: What on Earth is this?

I have a friend who can't eat morels but can eat these, Chicken-of-the-woods, and the Hen-of-the-woods.
I love these Chicken of the woods.
I cut them up in strips and batter coat them. Deep fry them just like you would chicken strips.
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Old Apr 17, 2010, 2:01 pm   #7
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Re: What on Earth is this?

Great news about the batter-fried chicken-o-the-woods Barb, because I went and harvested this jewel last evening. My little girl (in pic) was quite impressed. Truly, the flesh of this shroom has the texture of chicken......uncanny.

I sauteed several pieces in butter and ate them (probably 8-10 bites...hard to stop) and they were absolutely delicious! Better than I could have even hoped for. However (as my wife usually does the cooking), I had never sauteed anything and didn't cook them very long and I dont think they were done. As a result, I experienced a slight malaise (not sick, but feeling slightly less than well) for a couple of hours. Tonight, I am going to either fry or boil another small sample, making sure they are thoroughly cooked. Hoping for the best, as this monster produced a larger quantity of food which took several hours to cut up, wash, and put away.....not to mention, I discovered that this is the Laetiporus cincinnatus, the "White-pored Sulphur Shelf"... which is the one that doesn't grow on the dead tree itself, but out of the ground beside it and is reported to be the most tender of them all. I believe it.....this thing was tender throughout.....all the way to the base. A very lucky and fortunate find!
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Old Apr 17, 2010, 6:11 pm   #8
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Great job reading up and finding the correct identification.

On cooking these, it's almost impossible to over cook these unless you just plain burn them in a pan. LOL They withstand pretty much any type cooking method.

Some people get a burning or tingling in the lips from these, but not too serious.
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Old Apr 22, 2010, 1:55 pm   #9
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Re: What on Earth is this?

yep. looks like cincinnatus to me. in my experience they're less buggy than sulfureus. a good find for sure.
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