Hen of the Woods / Maitake
(Grifola frondosa)

This beautiful and delicious mushroom is usually found growing at the base of mature oaks, but may be found under other deciduous trees, as well. It has a very meaty texture and earthy flavor, and is also a highly prized medicinal mushroom. The color can vary from pale to brown, gray, or black. The underside is white, and has a smooth pore surface rather than gills.



Chicken of the woods
(Laetiporus sulphureus,
L. cincinnatus)

This easy to spot and identify mushroom is found growing out of fallen logs, stumps, and dying roots of both hardwoods and conifers. Both species are bright orange on top, and either yellow (sulphureus) or white (cincinnatus) around the edges and underside, which has a smooth pore surface rather than gills.


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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/Quail Hollow State Parks. 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!


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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) Violet-branched Coral Mushroom (Clavaria zollingeri)
Found in West Branch State Park, Ravenna, Ohio
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