Monday Mushroom #70
|Looks like meat, but this is Fistulina hepatica, the beefsteak fungus.|
Beefsteak fungus is one of the most distinctive edible mushrooms. It may look and feel meaty but it has a strong, distinctive, astringent taste all its own.
Below is a photo of a typical specimen in situ, click here for a more remarkable fruiting body.
|Fistulina hepatica - beefsteak fungus. Typical fruiting body exuding clear red liquid.|
As always, bear in mind that there are plenty of poisonous fungi out there - never eat anything you cannot positively identify as a good edible.