Boil polypores for half an hour in salted water.
How to cook tinder fungi
You will need – tinder fungi, water for soaking, water for cooking
1. Collected tinder fungi must be soaked immediately, as they quickly begin to harden.
2. Mushroom soaking period – 6 hours; water should be changed hourly.
3. At the end of soaking, clean off the upper dense scales.
4. Remove the stem of the mushroom (it is too dense) and hard flesh directly at the stem.
5. Put the pan with tinder fungi on medium heat, add salt to the water.
6. Cook tinder fungi for 30 minutes.
How to cook tinder soup
Trutovik – 250 grams
Potatoes – 2 pieces (medium)
Carrots – 1 piece (small)
Vermicelli – 50 grams
Butter – an incomplete tablespoon
Bay leaf – 1 piece
Pepper (peas) – 3 peas
Dill and parsley – 5 sprigs each
How to cook tinder soup
1. Soak and boil the tinder fungus.
2. Peel potatoes, wash, cut into small slices.
3. Carrot cut, wash, cut into strips.
4. In the broth, which was obtained after boiling the mushrooms, add carrots and potatoes.
5. Boil vegetables for 10 minutes.
6. Add vermicelli.
7. Salt the soup to taste, add bay leaf and peppercorns.
8. At the end of cooking, to improve the taste, add a spoonful of butter.
9. Serve the mushroom soup hot.
When serving, sprinkle the tinder soup with chopped herbs.
– The scaly tinder fungus is usually classified as conditionally edible mushrooms, because old mushrooms are so hard that it is difficult to eat them, to put it mildly. The tinder fungus grows on trees (poplars, acacias, maples). The tinder fungus growing on maple is especially tasty. When collecting tinder fungus, you need to pay attention to the fact that they are not too hard.
– The tinder fungus, or the “devil’s hoof”, as the people call it, are located on a tree, having the appearance of semicircular shelves. There are trees covered with such “shelves” from the root and almost to the very top. The color of tinder fungus is the most diverse: yellow, black, brown, silver-gray. Under favorable conditions, mushrooms can reach one meter in diameter, and the weight of some giants reaches twenty kilograms.
– Tinder fungus in nature – about 300 species . Edible varieties of tinder fungi include: umbrella, scaly, sulfur-yellow, common liverwort. Properly cooked tinder fungi have very good taste and unconditional benefits. But dishes from sulfur-yellow tinder fungus are not useful for everyone: in 10% of people they cause vomiting and diarrhea.
– Polypores mainly grow on dead trees (although there are fungi that parasitize living plants). In some cases, parasitizing on a living tree, fungi continue to live even after the death of the plant. Tinder fungi settle on old trees that have outlived their resource, as well as on plants weakened by felling or fires.
– One of the myths about tinder fungus is that these fungi, parasitizing on trees, eventually kill them. Such a statement cannot be called true. The only exception to this rule is the root sponge, which literally eats coniferous plants. In fact, the tinder fungus is a real orderly. Striking weakened trees, slowly but surely doing their job of decomposing their wood, tinder fungi contribute to the improvement of the forest, clearing a place for young healthy plants.
– It is known that tinder is the basis for making fire (tinder and flint and steel were used long before the appearance of matches). The body of the mushroom is covered with a hard crust. This crust was crushed and used as a flammable base (tinder). Hence the name of the mushroom.