Big Tree Fungus | Polyporus Squamosus

I exclaimed to Melanie to look at that big tree fungus by the trail. We both were amazed by the size. Note the 6″ (15cm) ruler. Impressive isn’t it? Here is a link describing it.  Cookbooks say gather them when young and smaller. Older large ones can be maggot infested. Slice thin and cook over low heat. It has a mild nutty flavor.

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11 thoughts on “Big Tree Fungus | Polyporus Squamosus

  1. shoreacres

    Like Anarette, I thought it looked like bread: specifically, a crumpet. Tea time, anyone? I just don’t think I could bring myself to add it to the menu. A mild, nutty flavor sounds good, but I’ll stick with real crumpets. On the other hand, as a woodsy find, it’s quite interesting and attractive.

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    1. Jim Ruebush Post author

      My brother-in-law is knowledgeable about fungi. He said to find a younger one, cut it into ⅛” slices, sauté in butter.

      I’ve had morels that way. They’re ok. I eat domesticated mushrooms. But, I draw the line at eating things I don’t know much about.

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  2. jimfetig

    I see these and other “edible” fungi all the time. That would not be unusual given the amount of time I spend outside. I too am cautious about what I eat in the wild. It’s about limited to ramps, wild onions and berries.

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  3. melissabluefineart

    This is a beaut, for sure. The other day I came across a pair of Russian women chattering happily in their language as they filled bags with mushrooms along a trail. They were so pleased! They were eager to tell me what to look for in an edible mushroom but I’m no forager. Unless it is wild berries. Mmmm

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        1. Jim Ruebush Post author

          My raspberries are wild plants along the edge of the woods behind our house. I didn’t plant any. The blackberry bush stands alone. I staked it up to a steel post so it was easier to mow around and pick.

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