Thrill Of The Hunt
When it comes to mushrooms, even Finn gets into the thrill of the hunt. Our annual hunt for this particular mushroom was very rewarding.
Thrill Of The Hunt Was Thrilling Again
A few weeks after nights start to get chilly here, we go out looking for my favorite wild mushroom. Hen-of-the-woods, or maitake (technically grifola frondosa) is a beautiful and tasty mushroom.
Please Note: If you are at all unsure of a mushroom type, you should NEVER try eating it.
The things I like about this mushroom:
- It grows in the same place. If the mushroom “fruits” we can always find it in the same place year after year.
- With enough rain, this mushroom is bountiful at the same time each year.
- Grifola is a very sturdy mushroom. It doesn’t wilt, shrink or disintegrate when it’s cooked.
- It has a distinct “woody” flavor to it.
- Maitake has been used for years has a health remedy for hypertension and diabetes.
I was with Thaddeus when he first discovered this recurring instance of hen-of-the-woods. His dad had taught him to look for this mushroom years ago. They had an annual tree where they found it most years. This mushroom grows on large oak trees…either dead or still living. The original tree was a dead oak, and eventually stopped being able to feed the mushroom.
So we found out new source.
The color and the shape of the mature fruit make it difficult to spot. So when you do find some, it will usually keep producing for you year after year.
Today, we will have eggs and toast with sautéed mushrooms. It will be a good food day.
Another huge success is the completion of the Hallgrim Scarf!
It ended up being about 8.5″ wide, 79″ long and used about 520 yards of DK weight yarn. It’s really the nicest item I’ve made in a long time. It’s elegant and functional. The satisfaction of working on such an interesting design is wonderful.