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Old Jul 23, 2010, 9:53 am   #1
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what' da matter...CHICKEN ?

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Old Jul 27, 2010, 5:25 am   #2
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Re: what' da matter...CHICKEN ?

Sulfur Shelf mushrooms I think, Brian.

They always grow on logs or stumps mostly, and in a shelf pattern.

Chicken mushroom grows in more rosette form from the ground at base of tree I think. They both taste like chicken tho' and have the same texture. The only mushroom Debbie will eat without being pureed, or some such sneaky operation to get flavor into food. LOL

I've found both the Sulfur Shelf (Laetiporus sulphureus) and the Chicken mushroom (Laetiporus cincinnatus), but for some reason until this year I couldn't remember the differences until a "new member" (stonewall), pointed it out to me here.

However, they both taste and feel like chicken breast meat to me.
I have rotten taste buds tho, and sometimes can't distinguish between subtle flavors.

To others with more discerning taste, the white pored Chicken is the best.
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Old Jul 27, 2010, 10:09 am   #3
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Re: what' da matter...CHICKEN ?

Yeah, its funny Frank... the picture in the link you posted... I've found that exact fungi growing in the crotch of a tree about 7 ft off the ground. LOL The ones that Brian posted have the right color and color striations. The shelf themselves look a little flimsy in the pics but I could believe they are chickens. Especially if they grew hot and fast. Its difficults to tell from pics, isn't it?
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Old Jul 31, 2010, 11:56 am   #4
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Yep those are chickens, were exposed to direct light, caused the frilly growth, miker
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Old Aug 1, 2010, 2:58 pm   #5
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According to Audubon's Guide, the Chicken Mushroom is Laetiporus sulphureus and is often referred to as the "Sulfur Shelf" and Polyporus sulphureus.
It is a choice edible on stumps, trunks, and logs of deciduous and coniferous [what about deciduous conifers...like the Tamarack] trees.
Also found on living trees and buried roots. It tastes like chicken, but comes somewhat indigestible with age, causing some allergic reaction like swollen lips.
The book I have is 15 years old, and there may be two distinct species recognized now, as there is now L. cincinnatus in the book.
There are two pictures of two color variations One is an orange rosette, which looks like it is growing on the ground, the other pic is of shelf mushrooms growing singly, in vertical rows, on a trunk. These appear a lighter tan color. I imagine these two variations are recognized as two different species in the same genera.

Similarly, the Yellow Morel is called Morchella esculenta, and sometimes called the White Morel, (M. deliciosa), and the Thick-Footed Morel (M. crassipes.)
Also, the Black Morel, (M. elata), is often recognized as Peck's Morel, (M. angusticeps), and Conical Morel, (M. conica).
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The guide also recognizes a variety, semialbininus, with a salmon-colored cap and white spores.
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Re: what' da matter...CHICKEN ?

Just thought I'd chime in on this one, to give my two cents.

I'm like Debbie and wouldn't eat a mushroom to save my soul, but the chicken is different. Let me clarify...only the cincinnatus. We've had both, but the yellow flesh of the sulphureus is aptly named...to us they taste like sulphur.

We typically saute them in butter, adding a splash of soy sauce and a touch of fresh garlic.

They're even great cold on a salad, or just to snack on, as my grandsons do!

And I think the cincinnatus is actually prettier.
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