I ate my first wild mushroom that I harvested myself, and I lived to tell about it! On Friday I left work early because the weather was nice, and went to a trail in the woods I’d never been on before. I brought my dog with me because I felt too guilty leaving him at home on such a nice day. That made it more of a challenge to hunt mushrooms, but I was still able to find some. My surprise find was a Maitake (aka Hen of the Woods). It was sitting right along the edge of the trail, so apparently no other mushroom hunters had been by recently. I think the Maitake is considered a tree mushroom even though it looks like it’s growing on the ground. It’s delicious and has medicinal properties.