(Grifola frondosa)

These superb edibles can be found growing at or near the base of both living and dead deciduous trees, most commonly oak. They have a white underside, free from gills, and the tops are usually tan to dark brown. A very meaty mushroom, they can grow very large...it's common to find specimens that are several pounds each!

Chicken of the Woods
(Laetiporus sulphureus and others)

Due to its unique look, this mushroom is very easy to spot and identify. It can be found growing on downed deciduous and coniferous logs and stumps. Its bright orange top, bright yellow edges and underside, and complete lack of gills make this a great mushroom for novice hunters. The flesh is firm and meaty, and can be treated like chicken.


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Check out my blog for a great recipe! Pasta with a creamy morel sauce will delight your tastebuds!

Now offering private mushroom hunts!
The cost is $25 per person for a 2-hour hunt (3 person minimum), and includes one laminated mushroom ID card per person. Hunts may be done on your own property or at West Branch State Park. Feel free to send me an email if interested!


TheMushroomHunter.com is dedicated to all things mushroom! Here you will find valuable information about hunting mushrooms and other wild edibles. Browse the videos for helpful how-tutorials, or find out about your favorite shrooms on the pics and info page. Be sure to check out the art page for bumper stickers (and other stuff coming soon)! Visit my blog for up-to-date posts about which mushrooms (or other wild foods) are in season here in Ohio, and where to find them!

Based in the Northeast Ohio city of Kent, TheMushroomHunter.com is maintained by me, Don King, an avid mushroom hunter and grower. I hope that my passion for mushrooms and other wild foods will inspire you to join me in the hunt!


Check out these other great mushroom-related sites:

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The Ohio Morels Message Board provides real-time posts by fellow mushroom hunters

At Fungi Perfecti, mushroom expert Paul Stamets has a slew of mushroom books and mushroom growing supplies



Check out my newest video!  

Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) growing from an Oak in Asheville, North Carolina

Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea) growing in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina


My daughter Jenna with some beautiful Crown-tippped Coral Mushrooms (Clavicorona pyxidata) Purple Coral Mushroom (Alloclavaria purpurea)
Found in West Branch State Park, Ravenna, Ohio
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