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mindburrp Jun 3, 2004 01:22 PM

Where can I find fresh hen-of-the-wood mushrooms (maitake in Japanese)?

I had a great salad at the Grocery on Smith last week and want to re-create it at home. It was the French Fry Salad and had sauteed hen-of-the-woods and fresh peas on a bed of fresh, flat-leaf parsley (there may have been bacon or proscuitto in there as well). The fries were on the side, and were playing the role of the superfluous starch.

Thanks!

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    Rachel M. Jun 3, 2004 01:45 PM

    I've seen them at Manhattan Fruit & Vegetable Exchange (or whatever that produce store is called) in the Chelsea Market, although they weren't of fabulous quality.

    Haven't checked, but you can also probably find maitake (hadn't realized that they were the same!) at either of the Sunrise Marts (Stuyvesant Pl. or Broome St.). The one on Broome usually has a pretty good mushroom selection.

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      jeff Oct 1, 2004 08:23 PM

      go look in the woods!! i just found a 7 pound specimen (ulster cty. ny)

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        pitu Sep 30, 2005 03:25 PM

        er . . . are there any mushrooms that look the same but could kill you?

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      iole Jun 3, 2004 03:08 PM

      I believe there was a stand selling them yesterday at the Union Square Market. I'd bet he's a regular.

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        Tom Steele Jun 3, 2004 04:47 PM

        Garden of Eden has 'em, and so does Whole Foods. And yeah, that new mushroom guy is at Union Squre Greenmarket every Wednesday.

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          Nina W. Jun 4, 2004 06:22 AM

          I've bought them several times at Fairway on 74th/B'way.

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            Lonnie Blackwell Sep 30, 2005 02:56 PM

            I've got 4 or 5 Hen of the Woods growing at my back door by an old oak tree. They come up (usually) each year, in the same locale. Don't know much about them since I'm a Morel man. Could have them for the picking if you share with me a good receipe. L B

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              furryabdul Sep 30, 2005 03:01 PM

              this one is good on toasted bread :)

              Link: http://www.nymetro.com/nymetro/food/i...

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              Lonnie Blackwell Sep 30, 2005 03:59 PM

              I've got 4 or 5 Hen of the Woods growing at my back door by an old oak tree. They come up (usually) each year, in the same locale. Don't know much about them since I'm a Morel man. Could have them for the picking if you share with me a good receipe. L B

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                Lonnie Blackwell Sep 30, 2005 04:13 PM

                I've got 4 or 5 Hen of the Woods growing at my back door by an old oak tree. They come up (usually) each year, in the same locale. Don't know much about them since I'm a Morel man. Could have them for the picking if you share with me a good receipe. L B

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