Identify Maitake Mushrooms - The Hen of the Woods - Grifola frondosa

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Maitake - King of the Fall mushrooms

Genus and Species: Grifola frondosa, AKA: Hen of the Woods

grifola.jpg (129925 bytes)As the mushrooming season comes to a close, one last treat awaits the forager. One last BIG treat because, if you're lucky, you may find a fruiting of Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa) as big as forty or fifty pounds.
Here's a list of some of the many good things about Grifola frondosa (AKA Maitake in Japan):

1) Fabulous flavor

2) A firm texture that lends itself to almost any culinary application

maitake-closeup 9-19-063) Its usually bug free - at least inside the flesh - you have to pick over it but unless it's over the hill you won't find much in the way of bug larvae

4) Easy to store. Just chop this one up into what ever size pieces you like to cook with and store them in freezer bags in the freezer without any par-boiling, etc.

5) It's good for you! Scientific studies are revealing immune-enhancing, cancer-preventing and HIV suppressing properties.

Link: How to find and identify Maitake

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