How do you prepare hen of the woods?
- Brush any soil off mushrooms; cut mushrooms into 1-inch dice.
- Melt butter with oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. When butter stops sizzling, add mushrooms; sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add shallots, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Sauté 2 minutes and serve.
What does hen of the woods taste like?
Underneath the caps, there are many small grey pores that release spores into the air to propagate. When cooked, Maitake mushrooms are succulent, semi-firm, and chewy with a woodsy, earthy, and spicy flavor.
Are hen of the woods safe to eat?
Hen of the woods grows into more of a rounded oval shape. This beasty little mushrooms usually grow to about the size of a dinner plate, but can get much larger. Luckily there are only two other mushrooms that look like hens. Both of the look alike are edible and safe to eat (though not nearly as tasty).
How long does it take for hen of the woods to grow?
If you find a hen of the woods in its infancy, mark the spot and return in a 5 to 10 days.