Oyster mushrooms on a box-elder log
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Have you ever noticed
that once you identify a new species, you start seeing it
everywhere? I wouldn't say that I've seen oyster
everywhere, but I was thrilled to run into another specimen at a
different location along my daily walk.
This batch of oyster
mushrooms was growing out of a hefty log in the powerline cut. A
crew from the electric company chopped down the box-elder, along with
many other trees, while clearing the line five years ago.
Unlike the elm snag that
my first wild oyster mushrooms were growing on, this log is small
enough that Mark and I will probably hoist it onto the golf cart and
bring it home for regular harvest. For now, I just picked the
fruiting bodies and cooked them into my favorite wild