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Fresh chicken

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Behold the fruiting body of the tree parasite Laetiporus cincinnatus, almost luminous in its pink orange glory. This is one of at least two (probably more) polypore mushrooms that have the common name "chicken mushroom." When people ask me if it's edible I tell them, "Oh yes, it's one of our most sought-after edibles. I made myself very sick eating it once." Polypores have sturdy cell walls and need lots of cooking to soften them up into something that weak human intestines can deal with.

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lyonesse
Aug. 16th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
oh that's gorgeous!

i make a pasta dish with what i'd call sautee'd L sulphureus, which i imagine has been renamed or recombined as cincinnatus?

anyway, high heat and a little olive oil, and neither i nor my guests have had a problem digesting the stuff....
urbpan
Aug. 16th, 2014 10:17 am (UTC)
sulphureus is used for those that have a yellow spore-producing surface, while cincinnatus has a white spore-producing surface. I think high heat is the key! Someone told me "high heat for 20 minutes" after my experience.
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urbpan
Aug. 16th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
It comes VERY highly recommended. I just haven't had a positive experience with it yet.
elainetyger
Aug. 16th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
So, chicken is mushroom and turkey is dog?
urbpan
Aug. 17th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC)
And Whitey is a chicken!
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