A mushroom of great renown, the Maitake mushroom is both a culinary delight in the kitchen and purported to be a powerful medicinal as well.
This mushroom grills well, sautés well and makes wonderfully crunchy pickles. Beware bringing more that one of these home at a time, as they can nearly fill your fridge. Also be sure to give them a good shake before you leave the woods, as they are also a favorite home of little orange salamanders, slugs, pillbugs and spiders. Even the most well-loved mycophagist has trouble convincing a spouse of the necessity of slugs & bugs in the refrigerator.