December 12, 2017

Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

A beautiful bracket fungus with a peculiar name.

Personally, I don’t recommend you eat it this species of the day, but if you did, apparently you’d find the texture to be very similar to that of chicken. The Sulphur Polypore or Chicken of the Woods is usually considered to be an edible species, but does cause gastric problems, nausea and dizziness for a minority of people. For those who are brave enough to try it, experts recommend eating a very small piece of a young specimen before any serious consumption.