Observation 282507: Meripilus sumstinei (Murrill) M.J. Larsen & Lombard

When: 2017-07-17

Collection location: Town of Tompkins, Delaware Co., New York, USA [Click for map]

42.1179° -75.2418° 545m

Who: gmhd404

No specimen available

Found at the base of a Soft Maple tree sump that was cut down many years ago. It reappears there annually, usually in July


Hen Of The Woods? I need help with identification and whether it is edible, how to prepare. etc
Hen Of The Woods? I need help with identification and whether it is edible, how to prepare. etc

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Someone once gave me…
By: Dave W (Dave W)
2017-07-17 21:42:02 CDT (-0400)

jerky that was made out of M. sumstinei. It was marinated/cured using Thai spices. Plenty spicy! I really liked it.

You probably want young relatively tender material for any type preparation of this fungus.

Meripilus sumstinei
By: Doug (D. Y.)
2017-07-17 18:42:40 CDT (-0400)

Yes, the older they get the tougher and more leathery they get. Most just harvest the thinner and more tender edges of the caps and use them leaving the rest in place. Long, slow cooking can also make it more tender.

Doug (D.Y.)’s Comment
By: gmhd404
2017-07-17 10:03:23 CDT (-0400)

Yes, it turns brownish black soon after cutting. These are geeing quite mature. I gather edibility deteriorates with that? Any thing else I should know on preparing and cooking? thanks

Meripilus sumstinei
By: Doug (D. Y.)
2017-07-17 08:54:58 CDT (-0400)

Does it turn black or dark in about 20 minutes or sooner where it has been cut or injured? That would be an indication that it is Meripilus sumstinei, or the Giant polypore, which looks like from the photo. Meripilus sumstinei is sometimes mistaken for Grifola fronds a but comes out earlier in the season. It would be edible, if that is what it is, but is supposedly tougher and not as good as Hen of the Woods.

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