We passed a couple of trees last Sunday with a large yellow fungus that I'd never seen before. Apparently it's a species of fungi that grows on trees and is found in Europe and North America. Other names are crab-of-the-woods, sulphur shelf and, hence the title of this post: chicken-of-the-woods. In Dutch it's named 'zwavelzwam'.
The fungus is described as "fruit bodies that grow as striking golden-yellow shelf-like structures on tree trunks and branches. Unlike many fungi growing on trees, it is edible when young''.
Hmm, to be honest I have no desire in taking a bite.. how about you? :)
It happens occasionally however that it causes brown cubical rot in the heartwood of trees. (info from Wikipedia)