edible wild mushrooms
Don't count on cultivating morels in your garden! This spongy critter is one of the few plants that cannot be successfully cultivated. It's the single most popular wild mushroom on the continent and, according to throngs of admirers, the best tasting. Hunting for these is easy! The deliciously earthy flavor of morels -- a meaty, nutlike taste -- rewards your efforts. If you are new to the pleasure, here are all the tips you need to get started.
Hen of the Woods grow at the base of oak trees. These mushrooms are beloved by the Japanese as maitake; they also happen to be my personal favorite. They grow in large, dull brown clumps (as a polypore or bracket fungus) that look like the back of a brown hen’s ruffled feathers. The mushroom caps are attached to each other by short white stems. These mushrooms can grow to be several pounds and more than 2 feet wide. On the east coast they appear in September and October.