Here I hold the stalk.
Leah and I had quite a breakfast of it!
It has the texture of chicken. It has a wonderful flavor. I can't describe it. I made a simple batter of a large fresh egg, some milk and some crushed Town House crackers and sauteed them in butter. After cooking I sprinkled on some salt, that's it! So easy, and was it good? Oh yes.
I have always loved mushrooms. We have dryad saddles and slippery jacks, but I didn't find any of those this year. We have had puffballs and horse mushrooms too. This is the first hen-of-the-woods. I sure hope we find some again next fall. I love free food! Of course, bad taxonomy can kill you. I use the Peterson Field Guides Mushrooms and Start Mushrooming by Stan Tekiela and Karen Shanberg. I resorted to buying the Peterson book since we didnt have many of the "safe six" mushrooms here on Kingfisher Farm. There are so many more edible ones that grow here, but if you are in doubt dont eat it. People have told me in horror, "you could get poisoned!"
Well I am happy to report I did get a good grade in Botany in college. I'm smarter than the average bear, and about as well fed as one!!