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Chicken-of-the-Woods Laetiporus sulphureus

This edible bracket fungus has a fan shape with rounded, velvety edges and is a deep orangey-yellow colour. This fungus has its name due to the texture and taste resembling that of chicken.

Conservation status

Not threatened. A widespread species.

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As its name suggests, chicken-of-the-woods has the texture and flavour of chicken. It is one of the few edible bracket fungi and is eagerly looked for on mushroom forays. You can now buy chicken-of-the-woods kits which allow you to grow them in your garden. However, be warned, this species causes gastric upsets in some people, so if you have not eaten it before its best to try only a little to begin with. Remember never eat any fungi taken from the wild unless you are absolutely certain you have correctly identified the species.

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