Fistulina hepatica



Fistulina hepatica or Beefsteak Polypore or Ox Tongue, is an unusual agaric bracket fungus commonly found in Britain. It can also be found in North America, Australia, and Europe. It can be found on oaks and sweet chestnut, on living or dead wood, from August to end of autumn. In Australia, it can be found growing from wounds in Eucalyptus trees.

Fistulina hepatica has shape that resembles a large tongue, with reddish-brown rough surface. A young specimen has a striking pinkish-red color, and the color darkens with age. It bleeds a dull red juice when cut, and the cut piece further resembles a slab of raw meat. The flesh has a sour, acidic taste, and needs long cooking due to the toughness of the flesh.

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