Foraged Mushroom Stir Fry

Spring in West Virginia has been overly hot and wet this year. It is causing my family frustration with the home remodel but is making perfect weather for mushroom hunting. So I have been able without much effort to find some wonderful large wild mushrooms this year. But finding wild mushrooms is the easy part. I then have to identify the fungus and find the best way to consume the treasures. Some times that is more work then just finding an old log with a mushroom growing out of it.

white spore,  Chiken Mushroom, Laetiporus- Cincinnatus

white spore, Chicken Mushroom, Laetiporus- Cincinnatus

This mushroom is very common in the Ohio Valley or the Eastern US and it is named after the city of Cincinnati Ohio where it was first found and Identified ( Laetiporus- Cincinnatus). The common name is Chicken mushroom and it is edible and delicious. it is a mushroom that will regrow if collected correctly and the “stem” is left on the log or stump when gathering. This is one of a small group that grows in a rosette style rather than a single stem with cap.This is also one of the few mushrooms that freezes well. In this case the mushroom weighs about 2 pounds before cleaning and trimming and about is the size of a 13 X 11 sheet of paper. So I have enough mushroom to make several meals… in this case I will make two and then freeze the rest for a cold day to make a baked steak slow cooker dinner later in the fall.

As with any wild mushroom I will remind you that you need a good mushroom identification book or two and or person who has experience hunting wild mushrooms  before eating. Many wild mushrooms are poisonous and some are deadly within hours. I use a book titled Wild Edible Mushroom by Hope H Miller for almost all mushrooms we hunt and eat.The link above it to its listing on Amazon.com. It has wonderful color photos of the most easy to identify edible mushrooms. We are also lucky to have friends that hunt the mushrooms that are in this book and we share information and at times hunt for them together.

After bringing this boy home I needed to clean it. Because it is a large stalk style mushroom that is not tender to the touch, soaking in a sink full of cool water encourages any bugs, sticks, slugs and dirt to slowly drop to the bottom of the sink. I let mine sit in the water at least two hours. In this case it soaked over night. Then I trim the “petals” off the base root that is white, leaving only bright yellow backs on the mushroom. I even trimmed it again when I was getting ready to cook it just to make sure we got the most tender portion of the “petals” in my stir fry.

strips of chicken mushrooms on top of stir fry

strips of chicken mushrooms on top of stir fry

A stir fry is the most common way we use fresh wild mushrooms. In this case I just added the chicken mushrooms into a vegetable mix we already had in the freezer added some beef and topped it with our favorite sauce and dinner on a hot humid West Virginia night in about 15 minutes.

 

I stir fried the thin sliced steak in two table spoons oil at a high heat and then removed them from my skillet or wok. I added  2 pounds of frozen stir fry vegetables. In the mixture I used it already had the noodles in the bag. I added them to the hot skillet and stirred in the wild mushrooms. It took about 13 minutes to steam the vegetables and make sure the mushrooms cooked tender. I added the steak back in to the skillet and added  half bottle of Teriyaki sauce. Pretty simple but a Delicious way to add wild mushrooms to any stir fry.

We also love this mushroom breaded and fried in butter with a little Old Bay Seasoning as great appetizer before dinner. It is another way to introduce friends and family to the joy of mushroom hunting when you can share a large plate of crunchy, juicy ,wild food that tastes so good!

Happy eating and keep you eyes open for wonderful mushrooms that grow just about anywhere. This mushroom was about 100 feet from a barn under a thin canopy of trees on piece of log maybe 10 years old.

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11 thoughts on “Foraged Mushroom Stir Fry

  1. That looks delicious. Sorry the weather has been hard for the remodel job but at least some good came out of it.

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  2. this looks delicious! Every year I say I’m going to go mushroom hunting for something other than morels, and I never do. I even ordered that book.

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    • Jennelle, The month of July is usually the best month four Cantrell mushrooms… if the year is good it will not take you more then a drive out in the country to find them. I our area we look on road banks of country roads. In some cases we have found 20 along a drive way of a friends house but last year we did not find any due to the weather. I think they are the easiest to find just because they are bright yellow in the woods…. best of luck.

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  3. What a beautiful mushroom. I wish we had those in my area of Michigan, but no such luck. They look luscious!

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    • Tilly not sure but I think you might find the “White Hen of The Woods” in your area and you should find the sister to this mushroom called the sulfur shelf it is also orange but grows verticaly on trees and is found all over the US.

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      • Thank you. I’ll have to look them up and see where I might find them. We’re going on a mushroom hunt!

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  4. Jack

    I love wild mushrooms. Unfortunately we are in the midst of a drought so not a mushroom do we see. So I hope you enjoy your bounty while you can.

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    • sorry to hear about the drought it makes any kind of foraging hard… black berries and raspberries are both almost ready and this year it looks as if we will finally get some you never know how the weather will effect the berries and mushrooms.

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  5. I like your blog so much I nominated you for “The Versatile Blogger Award”!

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    • TONY thank you so much. I have been given the award before and if I am not mistaken the badge is on the side of my blog page. Yea just have to write about everything… cant just stick to one topic!!! If I can I will pass it along on monday again thank you !

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