Maitake/Hen-of-the-Woods (Grifola frondosa)
This superb mushroom is often found in great quantities, usually at the base of living oak trees. Although the scent of fresh specimens might suggest otherwise, Maitake have a flavor and texture that is far superior to many other varieties. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and have been used medicinally as immune-boosters as well as to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Sumac (Rhus glabra/typhina)
This abundant fruit ripens in late summer, but can often be collected into early winter. The deep red berry clusters are very tart, and can be used to make a refreshing beverage, or used as spice to add a spicy lemon-like flavor to dishes. Click here for my delicious Sumac-Ade recipe!
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Reishi Mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) growing from an Oak in Asheville, North Carolina
Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea) growing in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
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Found in West Branch State Park, Ravenna, Ohio
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