I recently joined the Mycological Association of Washington, DC and I learning to forage. I have no scientific knowledge of fungi but I do have an emotional connection to mushrooms as I use to pick them when I was a youngster when my mother and I would go to a near by field. She knew what she was doing. I hope to learn! I participated in the cooking class sponsored by MAW. My recipe was simple: Chicken of the Woods vs. Hen of the Woods, both served over rice.
Did you know that fungi is a kingdom more like the animal kingdom because members of both kingdoms cannot make their own nutrients (like plants can).