My neighbor says these mushrooms growing under an oak tree are edible. Is he...

Asked October 26, 2016, 11:52 AM EDT

My neighbor says these mushrooms growing under an oak tree are edible. Is he correct? Thanks

Trumbull County Ohio mushrooms mushroom identification mushrooms in lawn

1 Response

These look to be Grifola frondosa, known as "Hen of the woods," "sheepshead," or "Maitake."

Hen of the Woods is a good edible, but you should consult the local library or bookstore for a book on wild mushrooms before you decide to consume any. I cannot advise you to eat it since I can't examine it with a microscope.