A reddish-brown bracket fungus which resembles raw beef and is sometimes considered edible, found in Eurasia and North America.
Fistulina hepatica, family Fistulinaceae, class Hymenomycetes‘Clean and cut the beefsteak fungus into fine slices and place in a frying pan with finely chopped shallots and garlic.’
- ‘This is a beefsteak fungus; it looks like a slab of meat and it ‘bleeds’ when you cut into it.’
- ‘I was delighted to find a beefsteak fungus growing on an oak tree by Wimpole Hall.’
- ‘The was the smallest specimen I've seen of the beefsteak fungus.’
- ‘A somewhat related bracket fungus is Fistulina hepatica, the beefsteak fungus, which supposedly tenderizes and adds flavor to meat.’
- ‘Some of them can even be edible, but usually at a very early stage of development - e.g. sulphur shelf and beefsteak fungus.’
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