Country diary: chicken-of-the-woods is tasty – and not just to us

Backstone Bank Wood, Weardale, Country Durham: Gastronomes relish this dinner-plate-sized fungus, but so too do insect larvaeWoodland fungi are a furtive bunch, living mostly unseen under the soil or inside other organisms, digesting whatever their creeping threads can find: nature’s recyclers. Their appearances are often fleeting, limited to a dusting of rust spores on the underside of a yellowing leaf or overnight eruptions of toadstools in autumn. But bracket fungi are a class apart: big, durable and sometimes a little sinister, and none more so than chicken of the woods, Laetiporus sulphureus.On a humid, windless, overcast evening, in fading light,… Source – Full Article

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