Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Few Days Late

I always keep an eye out for oyster mushrooms growing on trees.  This batch is on a sugar maple that had been struck by lightning, with bark blown off and wood exposed.  Lightning strikes provide great opportunities for oysters to grow.

These are beauties, and there are a lot of them.  Unfortunately, They had been out a bit too long, and were dried up, hard, and just a bit funky smelling.

Be on the lookout for these mushrooms as we head into spring.  They like to pop out after a rain, and they will be good for a few days if the weather is cool.  We have picked them during summer, but you have to be quick then, because there are beetles that like to eat them.

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