Chicken of the woods.

Sunrise: 06.15 Sunset: 08.04

Laetiporus is a genus of edible mushrooms found throughout much of the world. Some species, especially Laetiporus sulphureus, are commonly known as crab of the woods, sulphur shelf, chicken of the woods, the chicken mushroom, or the chicken fungus because many think they taste like chicken. The name “chicken of the woods” is not to be confused with the edible polypore, Maitake (Grifola frondosa) known as “hen of the woods”, or with Lyophyllum decastes, known as the “fried chicken mushroom”.

The fungus in this image is more than three weeks old, so it’s a little washed out, tired and probably tough as old boots.


Chicken of the woods.

One Comment on “Chicken of the woods.

  1. Great shot! I’ve eaten Chicken of the Woods (when it was young and different looking); it truly tasted wonderful! It does taste a lot like chicken! (I’m a vegetarian, since 1973, but I remember what chicken tastes like, as if I had it yesterday).

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