Chicken of the Woods
Scientific Name: Laetiporus sulphureus
Chicken of the Woods (yellow-pored chicken) is a wild edible mushroom that grows primarily on both living and dead oak trees. Bright orange and yellow bands catch the eye when young and the mushroom itself is tender-soft with an al-dente bite. Older specimens fade to apricot yellow and have a chicken breast taste and texture.
Cultivation: Our success in growing this mushroom on logs has been limited to pre-treating the logs (read more about pre-treatment below) just as we recommend for Maitake. Logs are spawned after pressure cooking, inoculated and incubated at room temperature for several months, then partially buried outdoors. Fruiting occurs 18 months later and for several seasons thereafter. Clusters are smaller than what is collected in the wild.
After incubation, plant the logs outdoors by partial burying logs in a shaded spot. Inoculation time is best done in March-April, and moved outdoors in June, though fall inoculation can be done with outdoor burial commencing as soon as the ground thaws in the spring. Fruiting may first occur as early as August of the planting year or as late as several years post inoculation.
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