chickmushroomnorthparklearnyourlandLook no further than nature’s color scheme to really appreciate its beauty — for example, the glistening whites and grays of winter, the varying green shades of spring, the intense reds and purples of summer, and the bright oranges and fluorescent-like yellows of autumn…

Wait a second… the bright oranges and fluorescent-like yellows of autumn?  On which planet?

… a planet flush with fungi, of course.

You see, while autumn is typically characterized by earthier tones of reds, oranges, and browns, one needn’t trot too far through a wooded area before discovering colors rarely seen elsewhere in nature… assuming you are fortunate enough to stumble upon the prized chicken of the woods.

Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) is an edible polypore mushroom whose sight, at least when fresh, rarely disappoints its spectator.  It’s not that polypore mushrooms are rare in nature (they’re actually quite abundant), or that hues of oranges and yellows are seldom seen (plenty of mushrooms represent these colors).

Instead, what’s truly unique about this situation is that rarely will nature flaunt these colors en masse (fruitings of this fungus can blanket a downed log or standing snag)… especially in deciduous woodlands.

Chicken of woods is certainly an interesting mushroom… one that has fascinated me for several years.  To better acquaint you with its qualities and traits, I decided to create a video that covers identification, look-alikes, medicinal benefits, cooking tips, and more.

If you’re interested in learning more about chicken of the woods, look no further than this video.

Enjoy!