For fuck's sake don't eat it.
You might want to smoke it, though.
One of those sproutted out of the tree in my back yard last year. My neighbor, a well-respected chef, came over with a knife, cut it off, cooked it and served it.
It's called Chicken of the Forrest.
EAT IT EAT IT!!!
Yes, eat it! They're [apparently] delicious. See: http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000700.php
Let ECB try it first.
Eat it and tell us what ya think. Seems like they're damn good. I might just need to look for some of these in the park.
That thing should go back where it came from.
Clearly this is to be thrown at one's enemies...preferably while on fire.
@5 for the win.
Now, the big question is, what should she cook it with? Any special herbs or condiments?
I have a feeling this thing and a certain giant moth are going to be having one hell of a battle in your backyard sometime soon.
Cut it up, cook it, and bring it in for everyone in your office to try.
Unless you can get a positive ID do not eat it!!!!!
Many mushrooms look the same and if you make a mistake you could end up very sorry.
Contact the Puget Sound Mycological Society http://psms.org they might be able to help you ID it at one of their monthly meetings.
I vote "throw-pillow"
Why would "eat it" be one of your first impulses?
Don't eat it until you have a mushroom expert look at. Mushrooms can be dangerous.
ugh! Don't eat it! It doesn't look JUST like the pics of the "chicken"- besides- EW!
I agree: don't eat it unless an expert checks it out. Also: uhmm gross! lol Weird mushroom placement! lol And that thing is HUGE! I think someone will eventually chop it down though. Maybe you should chop it down first and get a positive ID on the sucker!
Nature is so gross.
Get it checked out, just to be sure. I'm lazy, so I'd just try a little of it first to see if I get sick.
As for preparation, keep it simple. Sweat onion in the butter, tear up some of the mushroom with yo hands, add more butter, and let that come together for a minute on a medium heat, preferably covered, and season with salt and pepper. Toast some bread. Eat it with the bread. Keep shroomin', Lindy.
OMG #5 made me spit out my beer. Nice one.
In AK they call it Chicken of the Woods. Hugely popular for eatin'.
Naw, it's a big ole kombucha...
You can borrow my copy of "National Audobon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms." DO NOT EAT IT UNTIL YOU HAVE PROPERLY IDENTIFIED IT. Looks delicious and happy, though.
Eat a tiny piece, the size of a fingernail paring, first. There isn't anything mega-bad that looks anything like that.
Yep, Chicken of the Woods it would seem. Yum, yum!
Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?
And no, I don't feel like letting it go.
Here's the deal: The real living fungus is a huge network of microfilaments inside the tree. This mycelium can puke out a fruiting body like yours in the time it takes to bake a loaf of bread.
Technically, it WAS there all along.
The fungus is inside the tree, eating the tree; the mycelium is and will remain in the wood.
Probably the combination of rain and warmish weather made the mycelium decide it was time to make babies.
So, it sprouted a fruiting body. Hooray!
Fungi are the best.
fuck it (not like 'awww, fuck it' - but FUCK IT HARD)
You are nature too. So there!
It looks like a yummy, fresh sulphureus that cropped up after a big rain. If it were in Bellingham I would examine it and then help you fry it up and eat it!
Do NOT eat sulphureus uncooked! That can make you sick.
All fungus frightens me.
I think I'm gonna be sick.
As a very much novice mushroomer, I just found a chicken of the forest (sulfurous) and decided to prepare it for the table: Needed to know if The pores are to be removed or eaten. The web search brought me to this page: Have rarely, if ever, laughed so much in reading what the contributers contributed !!! Concluded that I'll eat the whole darned thing.
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