Buy Chicken of the Woods Mushroom Caps online.
Buy Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps online. The large, bright orange fruiting bodies of Laetiporus sulphureus have a chicken-like feel and are delicious in soups and stir-fries.
|Spawn shelf life||6 months (refrigerated)|
|Flavor profile||Succulent, fleshy|
|Bag sizes||100, 500, and 1,000 points|
Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps for sale.
The Chicken of the Woods mushroom (Laetiporus sulphureus) develops huge, multi-layered, shiny orange fruiting bodies with a chicken-like feel. Once cooked, these mushrooms are succulent, juicy, and fleshy, with a subtle lemony scent. Chicken of the woods can be difficult to grow, so it is recommended for gardeners who have had success with other advanced species or who are looking to experiment with new techniques.
Because this species is not a strong competitor, it requires a distinct cultivation method and grows best when logs are steam disinfected, incubated, and colonized in filter bags, then partially buried in a shady location. Plug spawn is appropriate for projects involving 1 to 10 logs, but some log producers use it for larger projects.
Tools you will need
To grow on logs using plug spawn, you will need a drill, Log Sealing Wax and Wax Daubers. We also recommend Filter Patch Bags for Chicken of the Woods to incubate your log segments. Buy Chicken of the Woods mushroom caps online.
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Note that chicken of the woods is likely to be outcompeted by other mushrooms and will not grow regularly unless your logs are treated first. To reduce variables, we recommend sterilizing 8″ × 8″ oak log segments in a pressure cooker or steam sterilizer prior to inoculation and incubating them for several months in sealed filter patch bags until they are completely colonized. Remove them from the bag and bury them halfway in a shaded area. (Your log segments can be sterilized in a 22-quart or larger pressure cooker, such as an All-American.)
If you don’t plan to use it right away, you can refrigerate your spawn for up to 6 months.
Make sure to pick young chicken of the woods mushrooms to avoid a brittle texture. When cooked, they have a meaty, slightly lemony taste and a texture similar to chicken. The harder outer parts are ideal for drying and using in soups or risottos, or for grinding into rubs. When sautéed with garlic, onions, salt, and olive oil, the softer center parts are wonderful. (A splash of white wine is also good!)
The spawn of our mushroom caps is grown on USDA-certified organic grains and organic crops from our own crop bank. Our corks are handcrafted from a combination of locally sourced, all-natural, organic, and non-GMO woods from New England and North America.
Precautions and Consideration
If you want to eat mushrooms from the garden, make sure you cook them well. If you are consuming this species for the first time, you should start with a modest amount to test for allergies, even if it is cooked.