That looks pretty good to me! I've found them that way through the years too. Hens in general have such a wide range of presentation. I don't know why some sprawl like that, thinking it might have to do with environmental factors when they're first poking up (like something in the way, or maybe an animal steps on it). They're just as good to eat though, as long as they aren't getting discolored in the white "stem area" or going to spore underneath. Even in those cases they are good for the stock pot.Wow jg, that’s nuts. I found one today too, but not nearly as picturesque as those!
To you all seasoned hen collectors, is the sprawl and high degree of frond separation a sign of age? It seems like the ones I find are more often spread out like this compared to the nicely symmetrical, tight, spherical ones typically posted. (Which are often also quite large.)
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I returned from the North Shore earlier this week and the summer shroom season was still in its prime there. Every day we filled a bag of prime lobsters, chants, and the occasional king bolete for the table that night. This was simply walking Superior Hiking Trail - not even really foraging. After eating a full pan of shrooms every night, we ended up with 5 pounds of lobsters and about a pound each of chats and kings to bring home.