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Laetiporus sulphureus
COMMON NAME:
Chicken mushroom

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Photos by Dorothy Smullen (left) and Jim Richards (right)

DESCRIPTION:
Single to several overlapping clusters of orange or orange-yellow bracket shaped caps with sulfur-yellow pores.
FRUIT BODY:
Initially small knob shaped, becoming shelf like protruding from the bark of living or dead trees. Caps overlapping in an irregular pattern, 2-12" (5-30 cm) wide fan shaped, sulfur-yellow to bright orange. Fading to tan or white in old age.
FERTILE SURFACE:
Sulfur-yellow with small pores or tubes. Spore print white.
FLESH:
0.4-2 cm thick, white to pale yellow; fibrous becoming stringy with age; leathery or woody in old age.
ODOR & TASTE:
Slightly sour smell and sourish subacid taste.
HABITAT & SEASON:
May-November; favors deciduous trees, found on stumps, trunks and logs or buried roots. It is a destructive parasite on living trees.
EDIBILITY / USES:
Edible and choice. It is a good substitute for chicken. The young tender mushroom is excellent in soups, stews and casseroles. Older specimens are too tough and woody to eat. See recipes at this site.
OTHER NOTES:
Some individuals may experience a mild allergic reaction when eating this mushroom.