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Chicken of the Forest

Posted by sprout_wi z4 WI (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 15, 10 at 3:26

Has anyone in western Wisconsin ever seen a large yellow tree fungus called Laetiporus sulfureus, also known as "Chicken of the Forest". Can you tell me where you have seen them growing. Thanks-

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RE: Chicken of the Forest

Hi, sprout:
We have specimens of your tree fungus in our woods NE of Spring Green almost every year and last year there was a large colony on our huge willow tree by the road. We ate lots and froze several pounds, and when the rest became too dried out to use, the deer cleaned it all up during the winter. I call it polyporus sulphureus (from my Orson Miller ID book) but it is obviously the same thing.

RE: Chicken of the Forest

I have seen in in the Devil's Lake area and in Green Lake County. It is YUMMY!! Sauted in a little butter and added to my salads or wraps. I wish I would find some now :)

RE: Chicken of the Forest

It's called 'Chicken Mushroom', according to the Audubon Guide, but what do they know?

Laetiporus sulphureus~~

It's blooming right now where I am (Eagle River). It's on Oak--stumps, logs, or on living trees, though it's been my experience that the tree's days are numbered when that happens. has good info, including when NOT to eat them.

Bon apetit!

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