The chicken of the woods are a polypore. Also known as the chicken mushroom, sulfur shelf, laetiporus, chicken fungus. This is NOT the maitake (hen of the woods) or the fried chicken.Due to some people experiencing allergies, try a small amount first. Chicken of the woods does not rehydrate well, so we recommend using it medicinally in a tea or tincture. We also have fresh when they are in season.