Maitake Plugs: Maitake Mushroom (Grifola frondosa) Hen of the Woods may best be known for its cancer-fighting properties. It contains grifolan, an important beta-glucan polysaccharide (molecule composed of many sugar molecules linked together).
Maitake mushrooms are delicious and have a wild, feathery look. To maintain their textural appeal, put away that knife and simply use your hands to get them into manageable pieces. Starting at the stem, break the cluster into large clumps with some of the core attached.