pikestabber Posted September 15, 2012 Share Posted September 15, 2012 Okay, after reading and researching and pouring over these threads, I believe (with 99% certainty) I found my first Hen this AM (pics to follow)... It was growing at the base of a huge Oak tree, lower elevation (even with the banks of a nearby river), and it looks the part. Can someone verify via the pics below?Now cue a slew of annoying questions...It weighed in at just over 4lbs and was, for the most part, spongy and somewhat moist to the touch. Some of the pedals were a bit drier...can I eat this whole thing? Even the stalk parts seemed like they would be edible?Is there anything I need to cut away? Some of the drier parts were brown in color where the rest is white or gray/dark grey. How should this be stored and can it be frozen / what process do you guys recommend? BUGS! Hundreds of tiny (almost flea-like) bugs came out of the base...the mushroom isn't really eaten up...is this normal? In the process of cutting this up into edible size bites I managed to get rid of them all...is this still okay to eat?Other things to know/consider? Thanks in advance! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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