Maitake (Grifola Frondosa)

Commonly known as the Hen of the Woods or the Cloud Mushroom it resembles a mother hen fluffing her feathers. It is found at the base of trees and stumps. Like Chicken of the woods it is a big mushroom so you need a big log or stump and a spot which will not get too dry. My favourite culture was found in Perthshire on beech.

When I was in China, this mushroom was used extensively in soups giving a rich, wonderful fungal flavour.