I found my first Sulphur Shelf mushroom last year. I almost walked right past it, as it was high in a tree, and I was looking down for mushrooms. We cut down that first mushroom and marveled at how good it tasted and I've been keeping my head up looking for another since then.
On my way out of the woods the other day a flash of orange caught my eye and there it was, right at hip-level. Thanks Mr. Sulphur Shelf, that made for much easier harvesting. This guy was nice and young and tender. He was bright orange on top and bright sulphur yellow on the underside.
I cut off about half, thanked him for his sacrifice, and skipped to the house to cook them up. This was a smallish harvest so I planned to eat them right away, rather than cook and freeze them like I might do with a larger flush.
And speaking of larger flushes...
Yesterday seemed like soup weather so I pulled out the mushrooms I had sauteed from my first find and tossed them in to a tortilla soup recipe. Oh so good.
The results from the dye pot were decidedly ho-hum, so much so that I didn't photograph them. I'm sure this is because I was using older mushroomes. I think that with a fresher mushroom the yellow would have been brighter.
So if you see a flash of yellow and orange in the woods this fall, check it out. It could be your next chicken tortilla soup calling.