Mushrooms come to us as cultivated, grown in some manner by man, or, as wild, originating in wooded forests. Interestingly enough, cultivated mushrooms do not grow in the wild and wild mushrooms have yet to be successfully cultivated by man.
Maitake mushrooms, also known as Hen of the Woods, are clusters of small, fan-shaped caps. The caps are ruffled and are often a grayish-brown color, sometimes tan. The undersides have pores instead of gills.
These mushrooms are the most well known in America and Europe, (they also happen to be the same species as crimini mushrooms, baby portabella, baby bella, mini bella, button mushrooms, brown mushrooms and the portabella mushroom).