Is this mushroom - Hen of the Woods?

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uncle eddie

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Mushrooms are not technically a vegetable but the USDA classifies them as such...so the question is posted here.

I did 20 acres or so of TSI (timber stand improvement) on my farm a couple of years back. This past late winter, we used prescribed fire to burn up the downed timber and also release all the forbs for the deer and turkey.

I am finding several of these mushrooms now. I think it is Hen of the Woods but was hoping someone else might have an opinion. It is huge!

My fungi knowledge stops at Morels...

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We just cut down about 50% of this 20 acre stand two years ago. Betting there was something there. Will look again next time I get there…probably this weekend.
 
This strengthens my guess that it is a black staining polypore. They grow on decaying wood.
It is certainly a black staining polypore….
They are really tough, but make a great broth. (Sautéed in butter, deglaze with white wine, and add an appropriate amount of water). If they’re really early, you can eat the edges, but like most polypores, they’re pretty leathery.
 
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