Maitake mushrooms are also known as Hen of the Woods. They can be consumed in many forms including dried, crushed and sauteed. Once sauteed, which is the best way to eat them, they have a feathery, delicate texture. The prized gourmet mushroom also has many health and medical benefits. Maitake is a polypore that can be grown indoors in grow bags or outdoors on logs with inoculated spawn plugs.