My friend Shelley brought me this amazing wild hen of the woods mushroom. It was about the size of a soccer ball, but much more delicious! The "feathers" pull off into tender sections like flower petals. Hen-of-the-woods mushrooms have a rich umami flavor, like shiitake mushrooms with more attitude. In Japan, these mushrooms are called maiitake or "dancing mushrooms." I braised them with kale, onions, and garlic for the most delicious greens I have ever made. As the finishing touch, I wrapped them in buckwheat crepes, but you could enjoy them unwrapped. According to Wikipedia, these mushrooms are high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fiber.
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