Porcelain Fungus - Transparent Beauty

Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) grows on dead and diseased trees. Covering vast areas this white fungus is great for the pot.

The cap is porcelain thin and almost transparent with a tough stem (not so good for eating) and a ragged skirt just below the cap. The gills are spread out and continue all the way to the stem. The cap glistens but this is deceptive. A thin layer of slime coats the cap, not a beautiful smooth surface as you would expect! This needs to be removed to make the cooked fungus more edible.

With sunlight above, the caps take on a beautiful ethereal appearance, the gills becoming more pronounced and delicate.


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