Last spring when I was scouting morel spots, I found a huge, old oak tree at the top of a creek draw. to get to it I had to cross over one creek draw, then a flat which is about 1/4 mile wide. I remember thinking to myself it had hen written all over it. I decided to check it out yesterday and walked into a hen house. Before I ever even got to cross the first draw, I was seeing small hens everywhere. There had to be around a dozen the size of softballs just starting to pop up. I found three nice ones which I picked. I carried them back to the truck because I had an arm full and then headed back in. I was right about the tree because the biggest one I found was perched underneath it with a smaller one growing near by. As you can see by the pics, I ended up with a tailgate full of the,m. I'm headed back Sunday or Monday to check on the smaller ones. I was up until about 12:30 last nigh cleaning and dehydrating mushrooms. Sorry about the pics. I can't figure out how they got loaded like they did. If you tilt your head to the left and then stand on your head, you'll be able to see them
I have an oak that grows them like that every year. Somebody told me before to let them go until the got bigger, but when I cut them they were very woody and chewy.
How do you know how long you can let them go? A few of them were like apple size.
Is there a maximum number of days from sprouting to harvest?
I took one dinner plate size hen of that oak the other day and it was delicious. Fantastic really.