Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wild Edibles: Oyster Mushrooms

On Burton Hill Road last Sunday, John spied these oyster mushrooms (shitake mushrooms) growing on sugar maples. They find damaged spots on the tree and grow under the bark, as you can see here. You typically harvest these mushrooms in early September or before the first frost.

In the links that I read, I found that these mushrooms have cancer fighting properties and can also reduce cholesterol. I guess I should include them in my cooking (which John does habitually).

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