Hen-of-the-Woods Mushroom (Grifola Frondosa)
This mushrooms is also known with numerous names like maitake, sheep's head, or dancing butterfly mushrooms. With hen-of-the-woods mushroom, you can see a cluster of ruffled-looking caps and stems attached at the base. These clumps can be enormous, sometimes growing several feet wide. Both the stems and caps can be eaten, but many people prefer the stem over the cap because the stem has a firmer texture. The whole clump is generally firm in texture compared with other mushrooms, yet tender and a bit crumbly, with a nutty, woodsy flavor and a hit of garlic smell. Pull apart the cluster to make smaller portions. Hen-of-the-Woods stands up well to simmering and braising. Great with chicken or veal in cream sauce or with beef stroganoff.
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