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Chicken of the woods, white pored

Laetiporus cincinnatus


It's called the "chicken of the woods" because of its remarkable taste and resemblance to chicken meat when cooked properly. It even has the same texture and the same "peeling" that you have with chicken. The whole fruiting body is usually edible and purportedly more delicious than the "true" chicken of the woods (see reference


Prefers oaks, and is found east of the Rocky Mountains. Laetiporus cincinnatus creates a butt or root rot, so it fruits at the base of the tree or from roots (thus appearing terrestrial).


White pore surface. Flesh is thick; soft and watery when young, then becomes tough, eventually crumbling away. The second photo shows this crumbling.

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1 Comment

MeganM 7 years ago

Thanks so much for the ID, JaredTCalvert!! I have updated this spotting's information. It was great to read about this species; I only wish I had known it was edible at the time I found it. I would have loved to try it!

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Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Spotted on Jun 20, 2013
Submitted on Jun 20, 2013


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