Dacrymyces chrysospermus – Orange Jelly Fungus

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Orange Jelly Fungus (Dacrymyces chrysospermus) is an edible mushroom that can be found year-round after heavy rains.
Orange jelly fungus is found on conifers, often where bark is peeling off. It has a white base where the cap attaches to the wood.
Orange jelly fungus is most often confused with Witches butter (Tremella mesenterica) which grows on decaying hardwoods, usually with intact bark.
Orange jelly fungus is almost tasteless. It gives off a slight cooling/tingling sensation. It is most often used to give distinct texture to soups.
Orange jelly fungus has been thought to treat lung ailments, although there is little to no research on the mushroom. There are no toxic look-a-likes.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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