Orangish-Red Mushrooms Growing on Wood
- Sulfur shelf mushrooms are wide clusters of overlapping, orangish-red caps that attach to the wood. The caps grow approximately 2 to 12 inches wide and are found on trees such as oak, elm, ash and hickory.
- Sulfur shelf mushrooms start out as fungal spores, disseminated by rain, that fuse to trees. The spores grow into fruiting bodies, which emerge in the spring, summer and fall seasons.
- In cooking, only the tender outer edges of the mushroom's cap are consumed. The rest is too tough and woody.
- Although sulfur shelf mushrooms are edible, they still may cause mild allergic reactions and stomach discomfort.
- Sulfur shelf mushrooms contain a meaty texture and flavor similar to chicken, which is why the fungus also is known as chicken mushroom and chicken of the woods.