Photo of the Day: March 24, 2010
I found this gorgeous specimen of Maitake or “Hen of the Woods” mushroom from Madura Farms Mycomedicinals at the Abingdon Square Greenmarket this past Saturday. This is my very favorite mushroom. It was my dad’s favorite mushroom too, and we’d go hunting for them together in the forest when I was kid. This weekend, my sister Andrea peeled off bits of the hen and sauteed them in olive oil with a bit of salt and pepper. They were transcendent. In fact, for centuries Buddhist monks have drunk a tea made from the maitake mushroom to deepen their meditative state. I prefer to slurp them down with a glass of red wine. But that’s just me.