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Found growing at base of old honey locust yesterday.  I believe it to be Chicken of the Woods (Cincinnati’s).  Not growing in shelf like pattern but vertical up from tree roots.

Please help identify




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Following the picture I harvested the mushroom.  I scoured the internet and found several very similar photos and text that it was an early chicken of the woods.  I cooked a small portion (two bites) and found that it does taste like chicken.  I waited two days and had no ill effects.  Following I had several meals of it with no ill effects, but it is not my favorite eating mushroom and will probably limit my harvesting of it in the future.  Next time I would like to try a slightly more mature example.

Thanks for your response 


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