hen of the woods


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hen of the woods

n. pl. hens of the woods

[So called because the cluster of caps can resemble a brindled hen seated with ruffled plumage, and perhaps also because the cooked mushroom resembles chicken meat somewhat in taste and texture.]
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Noun1.hen of the woods - large greyish-brown edible fungus forming a mass of overlapping caps that somewhat resembles a hen at the base of trees
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
genus Polyporus, Polyporus - type genus of the Polyporaceae; includes important pathogens of e.g. birches and conifers
References in classic literature ?
In June the partridge (Tetrao umbellus), which is so shy a bird, led her brood past my windows, from the woods in the rear to the front of my house, clucking and calling to them like a hen, and in all her behavior proving herself the hen of the woods. The young suddenly disperse on your approach, at a signal from the mother, as if a whirlwind had swept them away, and they so exactly resemble the dried leaves and twigs that many a traveler has placed his foot in the midst of a brood, and heard the whir of the old bird as she flew off, and her anxious calls and mewing, or seen her trail her wings to attract his attention, without suspecting their neighborhood.
Grocery department featuring frozen vegetable meal starters like cauliflower fried rice, as well as products from local suppliers including Cincinnati-based Hen Of The Woods' kettle chips and Graeter's ice cream, Lockland-based Fab Ferments kombucha and Hamilton-based Don Popp's honey
"We also offer Lions Mane, Hen of the Woods, King Oyster and morels."
Chateaubriand was popular and there were locally foraged treats such as wild garlic pesto and hen of the woods mushrooms.
Hen of the woods (a mushroom) has been foraged on the Wirral, then cooked in a kelp stock, glazed in a cep and kelp stock, served with a sauce made from fermented pumpkin seeds and ginger.
ADAM'S (38) "On offer is a choice of 'unbelievable' menus defined by clever, playful conceits and terse dish descriptions - from 'scallop, white wine, eel, grape' to 'pigeon, mushroom ketchup, rhubarb, pickled carrot' or 'duck, beetroot, kale.' .' Opening salvos might include a punchy combo of veal sweetbread, hen of the woods (mushrooms), black pudding and golden raisins, while seasonally inclined desserts could feature raspberries in company with lemon curd, meringue and sherbet.