Northern Bushcraft

Beefsteak Fungus

  • fungus is up to 30cm wide, orange-red to liver-red.
  • flesh is moist and oozes a reddish juice when squeezed.
  • underside is porous and consists of tighly packed, tiny pipe-like tubes, bruising reddish.
  • stem is orange to liver red, lateral to the fruiting body.
  • grows singly or as several on the base of living trees such as oak, or on hardwood stumps.
  • appears in late sumer 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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