Yep I concur Leno, One of my favorites as well. Hobler, just wait till you try hens this late summer and early fall. Look at base of oak trees. Plenty of examples on the internet for pics. Enjoy your oysters.
Latt I do have some nice red oaks on my land do they need to b dead oaks or alive also have many old dead oak stumps.what do hens prefer? Also there's state land I hunt that loaded with oaks I can't wait. I sauted those oysters in butter today they were a big hit wish I had more they were gone in seconds. Will b hunting for more thxs for all your help with my new found obsession!!
I have seen hens before and didn't know what it was. What is the best way to fix them? I have always fried morels and oysters rolled in flour, but did cook morels in butter this spring and liked them like that too.
I'm not sure the best way to cook hens never found any lol. But so far my girlfriend n Ilike to saute with just butter n a little garlic we like the natural flavor. I eating tons of the ppheasant backs I'm finding them everywhere we saute them for awhile in butter n garlic then add version umm good. They have a strong taste we prefer the young ones there not as tough. I'veonly found 4 morels:( . but hope I've got a little more time to find them n just found my first oysters . there's just not enough time in the day.
Leno and Hobler,
Yes Hens grow on Oaks only. Never found one on anything but an oak. They grow on Live Oak mostly and sometimes dead oaks. They are firm and meaty and pick when fresh. When they get huge and old they get tough and can smell. So a young hen can still be 25 lbs or more. A hen is fresh when the mushroom is white underneath and smells good and bug free for the most part.
There may be some beatles in them now and then or even ants. Just cut them up in quarter slabs and knock them on the table outside a bit to knock the bugs out if there are any. Sometimes there may be a pill bugs or centepeds in them too. However when really fresh not as many bugs.
Store the hens in plastic bags in the frige un-rinsed. Rinse them in cold water in the sink just before you prepare to eat them. They saute up great in olive oil or butter. Cook until golden brown. They hold up great in Spaghetti sauce, Alfredo sauce etc. You can pre-saute them for 5 minutes or so prior before putting them in a sauce. They are great diced up on a pizza too. You can pre-saute them for 5 minutes and then put them on the pizza as a topping.
The entire part of the mushroom is edible. The floret's are most desirable. However the big white meaty core is great too and can be sliced or diced up to use in a sauce or for saute.