Medicinal Mushrooms: Maitake

maitake

Several years ago, I harvested my first clump of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) in the wild. In New England, the mushroom -- which is also called Hen-of-the-Woods -- typically grows at the base of large Oak trees in the fall.  The fruiting body pictured here is growing on the hidden remains of a tree in an otherwise grassy area.  I enjoy cooking and eating the tender growth and making medicinal double-extraction tinctures from dried, chopped parts.

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