Sunday, October 4, 2009
Pickings are still slim in and around the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Lack of significant rain has reduced the mushroom harvest to almost nothing. I did find the showy Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus sulphureus. A good edible when fresh, soft and moist, the above was pass its prime. It had reached inedible maturity, dry and tough. This species of Laetiporus is characterized by a sulfur-yellow fertile surface seen on the underside in the photo.