Chicken of the woods are considered to be medicinal mushrooms and possess a variety of health benefits. Some people claim that chicken of the woods can fight cancer, boost your immune system, and even cure depression. You may not know what chicken of the woods are or you might have seen them in your backyard but never knew what they were called so read on!
Is chicken of the woods good for you?
Chicken of the woods mushrooms are an excellent source of protein. They contain many nutrients and minerals that help in a number of different bodily functions.
Different medicinal properties are immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant function.
What are health benefits of chicken of the woods mushroom?
As an edible mushroom, chicken of the woods has nutritional and health benefits including
- vitamins A, B, and C.
- chicken of the woods are a good source for riboflavin (vitamin B)
- chicken of the woods contain niacin which is also known as vitamin B three or nicotinic acid
- They offer dietary fiber content that can help with digestive health by easing constipation. They have been traditionally used to address symptoms related to irritable bowel syndrome, promoting regularity in their users. In addition, they may be helpful for lowering cholesterol levels according to some research studies.”
- Some people report feeling energized after eating chicken of the woods because it has high concentrations of phosphorus and potassium, two minerals necessary for proper nerve function.
Is Chicken of the woods safe to eat?
You MUST COOK all wild mushrooms before you eat them. It is recommended that the mushrooms be gathered from deciduous trees only, and cooked thoroughly to decrease the chance of allergic reactions or possible toxicity.
Can chicken of the woods make you sick?
Chicken of the Woods is not poisonous but it can make you sick if eaten raw or if have been contaminated with other fungi or bacteria.
If you are going to eat chicken of the woods, MAKE SURE IT IS COOKED. Don’t touch or eat chicken of the woods that has grown on old logs and fallen debris as they can be contaminated by other fungi or bacteria. If you do not know if a mushroom is poisonous, look up its name using an online source such as “Edible Mushrooms.”
What does Chicken of The Woods taste like?
Chicken of the Woods mushrooms have a pleasant taste and texture. They are crisp, and not watery like other kinds of wild mushroom varieties. Chicken of The Woods is also very meaty in appearance with lots of pores on its surface for flavor to seep into during cooking.
When cooked, Chicken of the Woods mushrooms are meaty with mild lemony-flavored.
They are often compared to chicken in taste, but they have a lighter texture than poultry when cooked.
How do you store chicken of the woods?
The best way I have found to preserve chicken of the woods is to place them in a paper bag and then store it in your refrigerator.
The chicken of the woods will stay fresh for up to about one week, but they should be eaten within two days or less.