ERIC BERGESON: The Country Scribe — Chicken Of The Woods

Here is the first chicken-of-the woods mushroom (above) that I have found all year. Big thrill. Once sauteed, or grilled, chickens are meaty and delicious. I am hoping those little ones off to the side grow into big ones.

Chickens need to be harvested while still damp and cool to the touch. Once they dry out, they are past their prime. However, even if you find one that is shot, mark the spot — they grow in the same spot year after year, provided there is moisture.

Around here, the chickens grow on or near oak. A lot of people kick them off the tree while mowing — don’t! They are highly desired by gourmet restaurants, as well as Asian groceries. Cook them up to see why.

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