Angel Wing Mushroom, BC Coastal Region
Angel Wing Mushrooms are a white fan shaped mushroom that grows shelf like. It is a very thin fleshed mushroom which feels dry and smooth to the touch, they could be hairy to the touch on top. The gills are quite crowded, narrow and range in color from white to cream, the spore print is white.
Angel wings are one of my favorite wild mushrooms, if only for their beauty alone. There’s something magical about walking through our Vancouver Island rain forests, sparkling from a recent rain, and spotting the bright white angel wing mushrooms among the green moss covered trees.
Angel wings have more to them than just their beauty though, they are very tasty as well, but be careful when you clean them, as they are very delicate, fragile and break easily.
They look a lot like small oyster Mushrooms, but are far more delicate and thin. They are one of the easiest mushrooms to find here on the island, they are easy to identify, easy to harvest and they grow everywhere. These mushrooms are among the safest, most unmistakable of all of all the Vancouver Islands species of edible wild mushrooms. They can be confused with only the Oyster Mushroom, but those are edible and choice as well.
Please make the effort to learn this mushroom. It is a wonderfully edible mushroom. They are very mild, have a nice aroma, with a scent of moss, and are quite sweet. But as with all wild edible mushrooms, the first time you try them, don’t eat large quantities. Wild mushrooms can cause physical distress, even if completely edible and choice, they just affect people differently. It should be noted that some people are allergic to the angel wing mushrooms and they can get quite ill from eating them.