November 28, 2012

Massive mushroom discovered

November 28, 2012

— By CNHI News Service

BEVERLY, Mass. — Dugie Russell found a fungus so large, it's difficult to get your arms around.

Russell hauled in a 59-pound Hen of the Woods mushroom from the woods of Ipswich, Mass.

He won't reveal its exact location, protecting a prime mushroom picking spot, but says it was near the place where he found a 52-pounder three years ago.

"One tree is quite a producer," he said.

Russell, a retired court officer who lives in nearby North Beverly, has been picking mushrooms for 45 years.

His neighbors are well aware of his fungus-related pursuits.

A local restaurant lists Dugie's Wild Mushroom Bisque on its menu. Poison control calls him when a questions arises about potentially dangerous mushrooms.

The Hen of the Woods is typically found on trees in the Northeast during the fall. It often grows to the size of a ball - or larger.

The mushroom can be sautéed, stewed or used as ingredients in Chinese and Japanese medicine.

Russell's fungus has been cut up and sold.

Details for this story were reported by The Salem News.

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