Called the Lobster mushroom because of its color and seafood-like aroma when cooked, this mushroom is actually a mold parasitizing a mushroom which turns it from white to orange. It can be found throughout the summer and fall under many types of trees, but favors hemlock groves.
Delicious used in place of seafood, sautéing lightly will create a bright orange juice in the pan.
Latin Name: Hypomyces lactifluorum
Season: September-October, sometimes earlier.