Saturday, 4 August 2012
Now, That's a Mushroom!
We called this the "Chicken Mushroom" and it actually does taste abit like chicken when fried up with butter and onions. It usually grows on top of a old maple stump cut off at ground level (which is where I found this one). I have also found them growing on the side of an old maple that is still standing, anywhere from 2 to 5 feet up the trunk. It can be a light brown to cream colored to this almost deep orange color. I am told there are no other mushrooms that look like them so you are unlikely to pick a poisonous one. It is very solid and meaty and can be canned or frozen, which helps because it is so large that unless you have a family of twelve, you cannot possibly consume it in one meal. It is fairly rare but a very special treat if you can find one. I used to find them in the wild where there was a variety of young and old trees, especially maples. A walk in the woods was very rewarding if you came across this treat.