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  2. The slice is dried and bagged and ready to send to you as soon as I have your mailing address.
  3. It sounds like you're on the right identification track. I can't help any more however. Thanks for sharing this find, it gives me hope. I saw 5 nice giant puffballs a couple of days ago together. Could have weighed 13-15 pounds all totaled maybe a week or so earlier.
  4. I was out hiking this afternoon, looking for mushrooms, not really expecting to find any. I encountered several that appeared to be Pepper Milkcaps, but generally passed them by. Eventually -- mostly out of boredom -- I picked one, turned it over, and broke the flesh. I was surprised to find there was no latex, and the (thick) flesh was cheeselike and brittle, more like a Russula. The smell was not distinctive. I was in a hurry to get home and didn't take a photo or evaluate it further. Looking in my references later, they suggest this could be Russula brevipes. Rumor has it that it's edible, but that doesn't mean it's good. I'd appreciate thoughts on 1) whether this ID has any chance of being correct and 2) for future reference, whether this mushroom really has any culinary potential. Another mushroom I encountered today was on my property, back near my observatory, where I've been getting puffballs for the past month. This one was small, gilled, terrestrial, not near any trees; likely a grass saprobe. On first glance I thought it could be a Meadow Mushroom, but the gills were white, not pink or brown, and if I recall correctly were attached to the stalk. Also, the base of the stalk was distinctly bulbous. There was a partial veil, but no volva, and the odor was not distinctive. In hindsight I should have crushed the base of the stem to see if it turned yellow. Again, I have no photos...sorry. Any thoughts on what this might be would also be appreciated, with the understanding that I'm not giving you much to go on. Thanks!
  5. Lovely!
  6. No problem. I will contact you offline to get further information.
  7. Nice. If you would be willing to dry a portion of one, I would look at the DNA.
  8. I didn't expect to still be getting mushrooms this late in the year, but it was warm this morning and rained overnight so I thought I'd take a look. Sure enough, I found two more Purple-Spored Puffballs out in back, near my observatory. There are several more coming up but we'll have to see what the coming cold snap does to those.
  9. A bowlful of pear-shaped puffballs, after an hour or so of cleaning, ready for cooking. I suspect these represent my last mushroom find of the season.
  10. It was at McCormick's Creek state park.
  11. I found one last weekend also but the freeze must have gotten to it. Was starting to rot already before it could reach any size. At least someone found an edible one.
  12. Eagle eye! 👍
  13. Thanks. I have no collections of this species. Dry it in a dehydrator on the lowest setting or in front of a fan. Then just put it in a ziplock bag. Also please consider filling out this form with your images. That way it will already in my database when it arrives: Then just write the number of the report that was created on the front of the ziplock bag. I will PM you the address
  14. What part of the state?
  15. Green-spored lepiota? Gotta watch out for them! I always take a spore print before eating a parasol a result, I've never had one in prime condition. :-) I also enjoy this forum and am grateful to the hosts for making it available to us.
  16. I found a small hen today, my first and no doubt only one of the season. Mushroom Fu Yung for dinner tomorrow! I've also accumulated a ridiculous number of pear-shaped puffballs (Lycoperdon pyriforme) many that I got tired of picking them. I ran across some honeys today too but they were too far gone. It's that time of year...but still a beautiful day for a hike.
  17. It is still in very good shape. Send me information on the best way to preserve and ship it plus an address and i will gladly send it to you.
  18. Check out I would be interested in the specimen if it is still there in reasonable condition.
  19. Have these coming out on some fire wood can anyone id them?
  20. I recently saw a post here about honey mushrooms, and noticed a user advising extreme caution. I've eaten honey mushrooms that a neighbor harvested and ate every year from the same stumps. They gave me a mild upset stomach that could've been because they were misidentified, or it could've been brought on from the placebo effect, as I had recently misidentified two toxic mushrooms. One I thought was a purple spore puffball, and was likely a pigskin poison, and another was a toxic look alike to a parasol mushroom. I acquired a couple of books and thought myself to be fairly knowledgeable after much study, however, that was just ignorant pride that, when swallowed, put me in my place, with purgative effects 😉 Thankfully, I've learned, as many people here have, that multiple resources, much field experience and exhaustive studies can be invaluable when identifying choice edibles, but even with a high quality microscope, it is safe to say that the more we learn, the more we realize we really don't know much about micology. I enjoy identifying a lot of various species, whether edible or not, and I've found this forum to be very helpful, in that the participants, collectively, have decades of invaluable experience. I feel like a newbie among veterans and enjoy this forum, greatly. Thank you all for your participation, and thank you to the administrator(s) for maintaining it. Hope to see y'all in the woods.
  21. We own 10 acres. At least 5 acres are wooded. There are open areas surrounded by pine, oak, elm and various other fruiting trees such as black walnut & mulberry.
  22. To be honest, I've always been reluctant to pick and eat honey mushrooms. It's my understanding that they are not actually a single species, but a whole litany of closely (?) related mushrooms that: -- grow clustered on tree roots around this time of year, -- are tan to brown with a dark central umbo and close gills and a white spore print, and -- may...OR MAY NOT...have a partial veil. Over several years I've encountered many mushrooms that fit that description and maybe I've done nothing but deprive myself of their enjoyment. But the fact remains that this is one that's been tough for me to hang my hat on, and in my experience even the best of mushrooms can give me all the symptoms of IBS if I eat too many of them. Bottom line is if someone could suggest a more definitive way to tell the good from the bad regarding honey mushrooms I might become more brave.
  23. I haven't found a single Grifola this year, and I suspect it isn't going to happen at this point. But Laetiporus is a lovely consolation prize. I've had it oven-fried like chicken, baked in a casserole, and simply saute'd in butter with my breakfast eggs. Easy to ID, fairly plentiful, and invariably good, it's the nearly-perfect mushroom!
  24. I was really hoping to see some Hens but I guess they aren't ready yet. I usually find both in this area every year. Here are one of the few I found last year this time.
  25. They do have forays, i have been on 3. They have been enjoyable and i have recived alot of good information on them
  26. You may be correct, but I wouldn't bet my life on it!
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