Chicken of the Woods Plug SpawnNorth Spore
Chicken of the Woods Cultivation
Laetiporus sulphureus: Large bright orange fruiting bodies have a texture reminiscent of chicken and are great in soups and stir-fries.
Plug Spawn- great for first time mushroom log growers. Used for small projects. 1-5 logs (use more plugs per log with Chicken of the Woods Spawn!)
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Inoculation: Chicken of the Woods prefers very large Logs or Stumps. They are the slowest colonizers at 16-24 months. They can fruit through the Summer and Fall and prefer hard woods such as Oak or Maple.
Chicken of the Woods is a very difficult mushroom species to cultivate. Great for experimenting and having fun trying new methods, not great for commercial cultivation.
Cooking: Be sure to harvest Chicken of the Woods mushrooms when young to avoid a brittle texture. They have a lemony, meaty taste with a texture similar to chicken and go great in soups and stir-fries.
Properties: When taken regularly, Chicken of the Woods is helpful in improving general health and strengthening the immune system. In one study, the mushroom promoted activity against human leukemia cells and the parasite that causes Malaria (Rogers, 2011). Additionally, a chemical constituent of Chicken of the Woods, dehydrotrametenolic acid, has been shown to reduce high blood sugar (Sato, M. et al. 2002). As the mushroom ages, it can be burned to repel mosquitoes and black flies (Rogers, 2011).