Over the next few months, a strange wild mushroom will manifest from the trunks of oaks and other deciduous trees. At first glance, this fungus resembles a scarlet-colored spaceship. Upon closer inspection, however, and especially upon internal inspection, this mushroom literally looks like raw meat.
The Beefsteak Polypore is a mushroom unlike any other. In some parts of Europe, this species is considered rare. Here in North America, summer and autumn sightings of the Beefsteak Polypore aren’t infrequent, though they’re not incredibly common either. The underside of this mushroom is comprised of tiny tubes that aren’t connected to one another, and the mushroom’s taste is mildly acidic… almost reminiscent of a tangy portobello mushroom.
Needless to say, the Beefsteak Polypore is one mushroom worth adding to your must-see list of 2020.
To learn more about this fascinating fungus, you can view the following video for the next few days. This video is one of over 70 exclusive videos featured in Foraging Wild Mushrooms — a four-season online course designed to help you confidently and successfully forage wild mushrooms.
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If you’ve ever considered harvesting wild mushrooms but didn’t know where to start, or where to go, or how to discern between edible and poisonous species, Foraging Wild Mushrooms will equip you with the skills necessary to ensure that your harvests are safe and successful.
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