Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)

Habitat:

At the base of the trunk of mainly Oak and other deciduous trees. Has been seen growing on tree stumps. It can grow to exremely large clumps, a large specimen can provide a feast for a good crowd. Comes back year after year so note where you find it!

Season:

Autumn to early Winter.

Cooking and preparation:

It hard to clean and can be infested with maggots! Best broken up into pieces, it is tough in texture so can be rinsed in cold water again because of its tough texture cook it well it has a slightly musty smell.

Best dried and then powdered, then it is easy to add to winter stews or soups to enrich the flavour.

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