Two years ago, maybe late July, I saw fading remnants of a chicken of the woods, L. sulphureus, on this log. Since then, I have had it on one of my regular walks. This fruiting is as fresh as it gets. This instance fits the conventional wisdom of Chickens fruiting in 2-year cycles. Now, I HAVE seen fruiting two years in a row, but in those instances the fruiting bodies were on a different part of the log, or dead tree.
Some of you who have found chicken logs might find this helpful. I’m still trying to figure the L cincinnatus version.
This one was 2.5 pounds, and tender all the way to the log. Made fabulous curry (see recipe sidebar)