Northern Bushcraft

Lobster Mushroom

  • not a mushroom, but a parasitic fungus that grows on mushrooms.
  • the fungus turns the host mushroom a bright reddish orange.
  • the fungus deforms the surface of the host mushroom to be coarse, cracked, and dotted with tiny white pimples.
  • the fungus eventually twists the mushroom into an irregular shape, making the host unidentifiable.
  • has a seafood-like flavor that is highly variable.
  • has a firm, dense texture.
  • fresh specimens have a white interior.
  • appears in summer and fall following rainy weather.
  • has no poisonous look-alikes. Unclear whether it's technically possible for the fungus to be hosted on a poisonous mushroom; presently there is no evidence of this occuring.
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