Fungi Fridays: Turkey Tail mushroom*

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Trametes versicolor

(NOTE: I know today is Saturday – but the post didn’t publish yesterday as scheduled for some reason 😦 wonder why…got some sleuthing to do!)

Nothing like the famed bird so fondly consumed on Turkey Day, these ‘shrooms are in the polypore family. I’ve seen some polypore species cooked (@mallorylodonnell has great fungi cooking pics on Instagram, I love her feed) but they aren’t considered “choice.” That means lazy cookers should steer clear of bracket fungi, because it takes some work to tease the flavor outta these babies (ONLY cook the tender edges, the closer to the base you get the woodier your meal will be! And only cook YOUNGEST bracket ‘shrooms you find).

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Genus:Β  Trametes

Species: versicolor

Edibility: Edible with work, not choice

 

*Disclaimer: This site is provided for informational purposes only. Taylor assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequences of readers’ actions. Though every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, identifications may be incorrect (Taylor is an amateur) – but that’s where community input helps! Please, feel free to correct misinformation you find (or just add your two cents) in the comments!
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(Forageworthy) Fungi Flashback Friday: Pleurotus ostreatus*

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Pleurotus ostreatus

It’s (F)FFF Time!

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I fondly recall the dinner made from these oysters. I’ve had store-bought oysters and their flavor pales in comparison. How did I verify their edibility? Scent and physical characteristics like gill structure and surrounding environment (is it growing on a dead piece of wood? What kind of tree is the wood from? This stump was from an oak tree). Fried these babies with garlic, tasted JUST like bacon!

Find more info to help you forage safely here (I love this site): http://www.mushroomexpert.com/pleurotus_ostreatus.html

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Genus: Pleurotus

Species: ostreatus

Edibility: Choice

 

 

*Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided for informational purposes only. You should consult a doctor or mycologist for any medical or scientific advice concerning the fungi covered here. Tjdevarie.com assumes no responsibility or liability for any consequence resulting directly or indirectly for any action or inaction you take based on or made in reliance on the information, services, or material on or linked to this site. Though every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information, identifications may be incorrect (Taylor is an amateur), but that’s where community input helps. Please, feel free to correct misinformation you find (or just add your two cents) in the comments!
Happy foraging!