Laetiporus (Chicken of the Woods) Species

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  1. Larynx

    Larynx Well-Known Member Mushroom Doctor

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    Hey guys, here is a few pics of some CotW I have been keeping an eye on in the wild. I plan on trying to obtain a viable culture from it soon. Just need to get some agar made up. it's been popping up on this log for at least a year now.

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    Now I'm not sure of the exact species because this is a pic of another CotW I harvested off the same log and from under the same small Beech tree just last March.

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    I thought the above species was cincinnatus, it was growing off the ground, from what looked liked the root structure of the small Beech.

    Sulpureus just doesn't seem right on this one, but I'm no expert.
     
  2. Larynx

    Larynx Well-Known Member Mushroom Doctor

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    Once again, sorry for the shitty pics. Camera still missing lol. Gotta buy a new one.
     
  3. Jeff

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    Wow, that's massive. You need to clone that bad boy.
     
  4. Javadog

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    Shitty pics?! No way. They could have been higher resolution but were amazing all the same.

    I think that your ID was correct to.

    thanks for sharing!

    JD
     
  5. Alan Rockefeller

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    Do you have a picture of the underside?
     
  6. Trout

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    What color is the pore surface. I think you are corect but it needs to be white or very pale buff. Either way clone it and eat it. It is ready!

    Trout
     
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    Its a beautiful cincinnatus. They typically grow in rosettes rather than shelf like.

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    Larynx Well-Known Member Mushroom Doctor

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    Yeah, the pore surface was the deciding factor for me as well. It is white, and with it growing in a rosette like John stated, both point towards cincinnatus. I sent a tissue sample to Jeff for cloning. Right now I just dont have enough time to tackle that. Thanks a ton guys!
     
  9. LuckOfTheFryish

    LuckOfTheFryish Moderator Moderator Expert Identifier

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    L. sulphereus I found was a bit bitter. L. cincinnatus I thought had better texture and tasted better as well. more meaty. very nice find
     
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    Beautiful Larynx! Quite a haul, too! I found the cinncinatus a little meatier, but I didn't detect anything bitter about the sulphureus I found....they were even pretty old. Hopefully Jeff can get a clean culture going as the cinncinatus is the clearly superior choice for cultivating (not as tough and the rosettes would be convenient to pick. I attempted to isolate a culture a few months ago, but failed miserably :( I think it's safe to say Jeff is more skilled than I @ agar work/cloning/cultivation :fingerscrossed:
     
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    Larynx Well-Known Member Mushroom Doctor

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    Yeah, agreed. Hopefully we will be able to add it to our Master strain list, too! The rosettes make PERFECT patties for sandwiches, etc.
     
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    how do you prepare them? all i could do was shake n bake them lol.
     
  13. Trout

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    Great in any cream sauce pasta dish, in place of chicken in an asian stir fry, good in soup, in an omlet like any other mushroom but with less garlic, in a "chicken pot pie". I bet the cinncinatus will have evem more uses than the sulphureus that I have eaten they look so tinder all the way through.

    Trout

    Edit: Just pulled out a frozen "muffin" from May, 2011 and put in a pork and vegie soup still good. Only three left, hope I find some in Ohio next week.
     
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    nomendubium scraping by, since '97 Expert Identifier

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    where you going to in Ohio, trout? 'm in Ohio :) I have a spot with 25 + lbs marked on my gps, a 10 minute drive and a 10 minute walk, but they are sulphureus :(
     
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    Avon Lake just west of Cleveland. Inlaws house. There has been l. cinncinatus from the same underground stump the last few years in August. I have never eaten them due to the chems on the lawn but I will clone it if it is there this trip. I also know a spot to look that I would eat it they are there. Where are you?

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    This is always a sticking point for me.

    ...we know that mushrooms are amazing biological concentrators, but this
    is a problem when it comes to heavy metals.

    Q: Are there any organic chemicals that are taken up by mushrooms? I am not
    sure that there are....I think that all organic chemical that a taken up by a fungus
    are broken down to more basic compounds by the fungi's enzymes.

    Just a thought. It is right to err, if we err, on the side of caution!

    JD
     
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    I am sure they would be fine for an occasional meal each fall but I know they spray this yard heavily for bugs and fertilizer so I would just rather get a clone. Probably like eating some fish, fine for a meal not good for a diet. Of course I grow on non-organic straw and who knows what that was treated with in the field. I might just try them if they look good. It has been very hot there this summer so I am afraid they may not be up at all.

    Trout
     
  18. nomendubium

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    Stockport. Depending on how you go, it may not be far out off the way. Are you taking 77?
     
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    Damn! I can't believe I missed this one. This def needs to go into the MSL (master strain list).

    You lucked out big time Larynx! Fuck yea bro!
     
  20. Trout

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    Flying in to Cleveland then heading west. Not very far about 30 min outside of town on the lake. Looks cooler this week I hope they pop. They were just starting to expand this time last year.