All weaving came to a standstill. My husband brought home many bags of clusters of Hen of the Woods, or, Maitakes, that he collected in the woods. The mushroom clusters grow at the base of oak trees in the fall. (Similar mushrooms growing on different tree species should be avoided). They are very flavorful, and taste like tender meat on chicken wings. They have a firm texture, a little chewy.
They pull apart easily before they are cooked. I've been sauteeing them , or roasting with olive oil, garlic and rosemary, salt and pepper.
Often the mushrooms are huge, and may weigh up to 40 pounds. Enough to last the whole winter, until the morels come up in the spring. They freeze well, so I've been putting them away, and sampling, sampling, sampling.