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Meripilus sumstinei (alternate name - Meripilus gigantea)
This is a large polypore which grows shelf-like "petals", in multiple layers, forming a mass of layers. It is similar to Maitake in that it grows into a large bush sort of formation, but it has larger and wider caps than Maitake.
The flesh of the mushroom stains black when bruised or cut, and it will darken with age.
It is edible, but only when young, or just the outer edges which can still be pinched off. It is chewy, and reputedly meat-like in flavor.
Reported as being either parasitic, or saprophytic, it generally grows at the base of trees, or on the ground a few feet away.
Mushrooms may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Some mushrooms are more likely to do this than others. Please research possible reactions prior to purchase. We are not responsible for how you choose to use our products, and do not claim that mushrooms are completely safe to consume. We merely assure that they are as represented on our website.
We do not make any promises as to the efficacy of any mushroom product to treat or prevent any disease or condition. Please consult a doctor or alternative practitioner prior to using any mushroom product for treatment of any disease or illness.
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