Chickens and Hens, oh my!
- Hi all,
I have come to a couple of forays, and with the exception of Morels
I have made it my policy not to eat any mushroom unless I have
collected it on a foray and have had the opportunity to discuss
diagnostic characteristics with some of the more experienced folks.
While on the foray at Knob Hill park in Cranberrry, I noted the
remnants of what appeared to be old hens and chicken mushrooms. I
re-visited those locations today and found several nice Hens (I have
purchased these commercially and am comfortable with the ID) and a
very nice cluster of chicken of the woods (3-4 lbs). Using the
Audobon guide as well as "Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central
Appalacians" by Roody, I am about 99% sure of the ID. I am still
waiting for a good spore print to form.
I have attached a couple of photos. The first is the top surface of
one of the mushrooms, the second is the pore surface. The pic does
not do the color of the pore surface justice. It is bright yellow
with no apparent pores to the unaided eye. Is anyone comfortable
confirming the ID from these pics? The mushrooms will be kept in my
refrigerator while I ponder recipes and await some sage advice.
Hmmm... sage? I am thinking a nice mushroom stuffing!<g>.
Here is a pic of a couple of the hens. A bit small, but in very
good shape. I left several behind that were dried out and buggy.
Thanks as always for the great advice and assistance.