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  1. Bruce

    Angel Wings in Indiana?????

    I agree with Dhuntington, they sure look like oysters to me. They are very common in Indiana, and although not as tasty as morels or chanterelles, are definitely a worthwhile edible. They start out pure white but become more buff-colored as they age (or get rained on). I find their aroma to be very distinctive, but your mileage may vary. Regards, Bruce
  2. Bruce

    Black Chanterelles

    Great find! I am so freaking jealous right now...
  3. Bruce

    Angel Wings in Indiana?????

    I have not found much by way of angel wings locally, but oysters are pretty common after a good rain. Best to post a photo; as they say, a picture is worth 1000 words. Be sure to get a good shot of the underside. Oysters in Indiana will commonly have little black beetles among the gills and smell faintly of anise. Try to either cook them up or dehydrate them within 2-3 days as they don't have a very long shelf life. Hope this helps, Bruce
  4. Recent rains have finally brought up some mushrooms in central Indiana, although I haven't found anything really table-worthy. Below are some photos. I really wish Bitter Boletes tasted better. The oysters were, unfortunately, about two days past their prime. I would appreciate help with ID of the second photo. They kinda resemble Shaggy Manes but these were growing on wood. American Parasol? Bruce
  5. Bruce

    Half Free Morels (Morchella Punctipes)

    Glad to hear somebody is finding something! Here in central IN it's been so dry this spring that nothing is popping up. Bruce
  6. Bruce

    Devil's Urn (Urnula Craterium)

    Welcome back! I need to get out hunting. Pheasantbacks should be available soon, too. Is that really a morel in the third picture? If it wasn't so early in the season I'd think it was a lobster mushroom. Bruce
  7. The slice is dried and bagged and ready to send to you as soon as I have your mailing address.
  8. 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!
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  10. No problem. I will contact you offline to get further information.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Bruce

    Found a Hen

    It was at McCormick's Creek state park.
  14. Bruce

    Appreciation For This Forum.

    Green-spored lepiota? Gotta watch out for them! I always take a spore print before eating a parasol mushroom...as 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.
  15. Bruce

    Found a Hen

    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)...so 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.

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