Lakes & Rivers
like color of this mushroom inspired its
common name. You can find it on all parts of the Island.
mushroom is very abundant. Variable in appearance, returning each year
in many shapes and colors, what we call Honey Mushroom may represent
more than one species of mushroom. The caps can be brown to tan,
smooth or scaled, with tan or pale brown fibrils. They may be small,
rounded, and bell like or flat and fully expanded. They appear as
individuals or in troops of hundreds.
mushroom grows both on dead wood and on living plants. It is capable of
attacking and killing many kinds of trees. I have seen hundreds of caps
erupting in clumps from the trunk and roots of a single tree.
mycelia of this organism may be compressed into a network of shiny black
root like filaments called rhizomorphs. These strands extend along tree
trunks, under rocks, and follow roots underground searching for new food
moist forest environments may glow at night with a cool, blue green
emanation called fox fire. This phenomenon is caused by a chemical
produced by the mycelia of the honey mushroom. This is a awesome site to
collect the honey mushroom for food prefer solid, young, unopened
buttons. When cooked, it is firm and granular. To some it is moderately
sweet in flavor, but its edibility is marred for others by a mild bitter
debris from the caps and gills under running water. Only the caps are
used, for the stems are to fibrous and quite tough.
mushroom is admired in many countries of the world for its firm meaty
texture. Most recipes call for combining it with other ingredients,
rather than preparing it alone. It can be substituted in any basic
recipe. Because of its dense consistency, it tolerates long cooking
without losing its shape. For those people who experience a slightly
bitter aftertaste, it is advised to parboil the caps for 5 minutes and
to discard the water.
and reconstituted, or pickled, the honey mushroom becomes quite agreeable in soups,
stews, and mushroom loaves. Many people pickle the buttons in their
favorite spices to use in their favorite recipes later.