Northern Bushcraft

Beefsteak Fungus

  • fungus is up to 30cm broad, orange-red to liver-red.
  • flesh is moist and oozes a reddish juice when squeezed.
  • underside is porous and consists of tiny, tightly packed, pipe-like tubes that bruise reddish.
  • stem is orange to liver red and is attached laterally.
  • grows singly or as several on hardwoods, typically at the base or from stumps.
  • appears in late summer or fall.
  • flesh has a sour taste and mild odor; cook before eating.
  • warning: the juice from older specimens can gause gastric upset. Soaking overnight helps to remove the juice.
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