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.


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.

    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.

  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.

  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

    1. Jim Ruebush Post author

      I don’t forage for mushrooms. I will pick a few morels in the spring if I feel so inclined. Yes to the berries. I had a wonderful blackberry bush crop this year.

        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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