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Chicken of the woods

Laetiporus sulphureus

A fan-shaped edible mushroom species that grows on the bark of living oak trees and Eucalyptus species. It has a slight lemony flavour when cooked and is similar in taste and texture to chicken breast, hence its common name. It is easily identified by its overlapping, fleshy tiers that are bright orange-yellow in colour.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest the large fruiting bodies during late summer and autumn after the late summer rains.

Propagation

Seed
White spores spread to live oak and eucalyptus trees which it will colonise and fruiting bodies will form.

Geography

Origin
Europe and North America
Natural climate
Temperate cool climate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Edible when young and fresh. It has a taste and texture that resembles chicken breasts and adds a delicate lemon flavour to pasta dishes and white sauces. It should not be consumed raw.

Personality

Family
Polyporaceae
Flower colour
Bright orange-yellow
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

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