Wisconsin's Edible Wild Mushrooms
Hi, I'm Brandi and I've been gathering edible wild mushrooms for about ten years. I find it a very rewarding hobby. Wisconsin has an abundance of edible wild mushrooms. I have made a very many wonderful dishes of wild mushrooms, and wild game.
Honey mushrooms (Armillariella Mellea)
I found these honey mushrooms in Sept. in Wisconsin. I found two separate clumps, they were in very good condition. I found them growing in a stump and around a stump of an oak. I have also found honey mushrooms in the Upper Peninsula in the Ottawa National Forest, although their color was more reddish brown. Both varieties are very good. Although, there are about 10 different varieties of honey mushrooms. They should be either parboiled before sauteing or cooked all the way through to avoid any stomach problems. I have never experienced any gastric issues.
Honey Mushrooms(Armillariella Mellea)
Hen of Woods (Grifola Frondosa)
Hen of Woods (Grifola Frondosa)
This is the time of year (Sept.) in Wisconsin that hen of woods (Grifola Frondoasa) mushrooms start to appear. I have found a few but they are still young yet. Hen of Woods can be as much as 25lbs (Pacioni, 1981). These mushrooms are better than morels, and they are very much sought after. I have always found them growing in or on oak stumps. Many times they are covered by leaves, so they can be hard to find. These mushrooms can be found starting September through Autumn. I have found this to be a very good field guide although not intended for North American mushrooms, this guide is for European mushrooms. This guide still identifies many North American wild mushrooms. Ref. Paicioni, G., (1981) Simon & Schuster's Guide To Mushrooms Field Guide. Guide to Nature Series.Publisher Simon & Schuster.
Chicken of Woods
September is also a great time to look for chicken of the woods which is a yellow-orange sulfur mushroom. It really does taste like chicken. I'm hopin my next pics will be off some chicken of woods. This is worth looking for, just as hen of woods, is choice.
CREAM OF HONEY & HEN OF WOODS SOUP
This is awesome soup. I used honey mushrooms and hen of woods, because each has a different texture and taste these two different textures really make the soup unique. This is the best recipe I have found for cream of wild mushroom soup. I made it for my boyfriend, and found these mushrooms on his 7acres of woods.
- med. bowl full honey mush. caps, I cut these caps into bite size pieces, caps only
- sm. to med. bowl hen of woods, i just made strips by pulling them apart but then can be chopped
- 1tbs. olive oil
- 2-3tbls. butter (salted)
- I med. onion, chopped small
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1tsp. or more fresh ground pepper, 3 turns maybe
- 2 cans chicken broth or stock
- 1/4 c. flour, sifted
- 1c. dry white wine (Pinot) Pionot Grigio
- 1c. half n half
- 1sm. carton cream
- 1tbs. flat leaf parsley, can also use thyme and parsley
- Clean the honey mushrooms, by wiping the caps with a dry paper towel. Start stripping apart the hen of woods, and clean dirt of off. I only use the caps of honey mushrooms, the stems are fibrous.
- Chop the honey (caps) bite size, and strip small pieces or chop hen of woods. I had a med. bowl full of bite size honey and sm. to med. bowl full of chopped hen of woods.
- In a pot melt butter and add olive oil. Add onions, garlic, and both bowl of mushrooms, saute till soft.
- Sift flour over mushrooms, and cook lightly. Add wine and stock or broth, let come to boil. Then simmer for 15 min.
- Add cream and half n half till warmed through do not let boil. Add parsley, and/or thyme, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Serve with crusty bread and white wine, Pinot Grigio is a good choice.
Wild Mushroom Soup (Honey & Hen of Woods)
WISCONSIN WILD MUSHROOM LINKS
- Wisconsin Mycological Society Home Page
The Wisconsin Mycological Society is primarily an amateur organization dedicated to the study and enjoyment of wild mushrooms and other fungi. Centered in Southeastern Wisconsin, mushrooms are found throughout.