Angel's Wings

B.W. Freyburger freyburg at
Mon Mar 26 14:06:03 EST 2001

I presume you are speaking of Pleurotus porrigens (synonyms =
Pleurocybella porrigens, Pleurocybella porrigens and Pleurotellus
porrigens), commonly known as "Angel Wings" according to Arora's DM2.
Although listing them as "edible" he says "but in my humble fungal opinion,
bland and insubstantial.  However, some people proclaim it superior to P.
ostreatus."  I am not familiar with them and do not recall running across
them (though they are probably around) but have seen them mentioned some
time back I think on alt.nature.mushrooms.  You might want to look at some
of the following:
-R.htm (scroll down to
Pleurocybella porrigens, text in French) (in Norwegian) (same as
above in English) (This UK site
calls them "Angel's Wings")

"Edwin Hutton" <e.hutton at> wrote in message
news:3AB71F12.B63B69BA at
> A bit of help on id's please.
> In a programme on the radio (BBC) last night about the wild mushroom
> business, mostly about the Scottish trade near Edinburgh,
> they mentioned an edible fungus growing on trees called 'Angel's Wings'.
> Does anyone know what species they are (scientific name please)?
> I have never heard of them before.
> The supplier said that they had to do a bit of research to ensure
> that they are edible.
> They had someone on from Oregon talking about their research into
> the effects of gathering chanterelles on the reproductive rate.
> Apparently when they clear gather the chanterelles every two weeks
> the same total weight is produced over the season compared with
> a control area, though the fruiting bodies reduce in size after
> a lot of picking. Their opinion is that the reduction of yields
> of wild mushrooms over recent years is most likely due to things
> like increased use of artificial fertiliser, acid rain and habitat
> loss, and not really due to overpicking.
> --
> Edwin Hutton

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