So very COOL! The Gardeners here in High Park found a little forest treasure today … it’s called Chicken Of The Woods. It’s an edible fungus that tastes surprisingly like … chicken. As you can see the human race is not overly creative when it comes to naming stuff!
Please Remember – Never eat mushrooms or fungus unless you are 110% positive that it is safe and you know what you’re eating!!!!! (yes this warning requires 5 exclamation points!)!
Also here’s another reminder that it is considered illegal to remove anything from a national, provincial, municipal park or conservation area.
So here are some photos of the fungi that were knocked off an Oak here in the park … and no these are not orange brains … we promise 🙂
There are a number of different recipes online that use this fungus as an ingredient. Our suggestion … have fun with fungi tonight and hit your local store or farmers market and pick up your favourite mushrooms. Make it a focal point for your meal.
One last fun fungi fact … the majority of mushrooms you’ll find in the grocery store are almost always locally grown!
Update: Apparently the mushrooms just keep coming … this time it’s a Puffball. They can get to be the size of your head here in these parts, much bigger still down south.