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  1. Bruce

    Chanty time

    Just a quick photo of a crop of chanterelle mushrooms that I collected on 7/19 (same foray as the indigo milkcap). All washed up and ready for the dehydrator! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KD0FUAQkM07NK90f3FvACNjNfgSLpifg Bruce
  2. I tried a new mushroom that I found in the woods today -- Lactarius indigo. This is a very distinctive, funnel-shaped mycorrhizal mushroom that "bleeds blue" when cut. Unfortunately, after a 6-minute saute', it comes out the other side looking more aqua than blue. Reminds me of an old George Carlin schtick ("There is no blue food"). The flavor isn't strong, but kinda nutty...far better than I expected from the culinary descriptions I've encountered in books. Links to photos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_1c6MVzR2vodP2MjdPVEwK53beuIh4p0 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UCx5_WjRtpSlSL9ifhNMJRJjZGbZStme https://drive.google.com/open?id=18oTIGyU_9wUZZyKy5cqPvCxRRCl9foPg Hopefully the next message you get from me won't be my obituary. :-) Bruce
  3. Bruce

    Mushroom identifycation

    This could be P. cubensis, and I suspect the OP would like to believe it is...but there is no sure way to tell from this photo. More generally, I suggest that Indiana mushroom hunters refrain from presuming to recognize something growing in Norway. Regards, Bruce
  4. Bruce

    ID help...

    >>Definitely not eating unless I’m absolutely sure. Any advice on where to look to find out? I think your best resources for mushroom ID will be in books. I've seen way too much misinformation online, although Kuo's site at https://mushroomexpert.com/about.html is fairly good, and this site also has some info at http://hoosiermushrooms.org/index.php?/mushroom-hunting/indiana-mushroom-species/.
  5. Bruce

    Tasty find

    That looks like Laetiporus cincinnatus (white-pored version). I don't run across those very often.
  6. Bruce

    Black morel farming in michigan

    Grain masters and culture slants for both black and yellow morels are available commercially from Fungi Perfecti (https://fungi.com/apps/omega-search/?type=product&q=morel*#type=product&q=morel*). Getting them to actually fruit is another matter entirely. In reading the article, I am left to wonder at the potential environmental impact of introducing a non-native strain. Regards, Bruce
  7. Pheasant's Back can certainly achieve impressive proportions, but beyond a certain point they get too chewy/woody for culinary purposes. Try trimming off the tender outer edges and cook those up.
  8. Bruce

    ID help...

    Definitely not an oyster. Some kind of polypore; cannot ID it off the top of my head. I recommend that you do not eat anything unless YOU know what it is.
  9. Mushroom totems on the north side of our chicken coop. Made from freshly-cut maple logs and innoculated with dowel spawn. Left to right: Pleurotus (oyster mushrooms), Lentinula (Shiitake), and Hericium (Lion's Mane). Wish us luck, we will probably need it. Not sure why I still cannot upload any new images to this site. No such tool on the toolbar. Here is a link to a photo: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1F15CbddG8aOdniD5JcPlmrraqjtsl9UC
  10. Bruce

    Pheasant back?

    The darkness of the scales can vary from one specimen to another, but generally the appearance of Pheasant Back is pretty unmistakable. Be sure to check for the large, angular pores on the underside.
  11. Bruce

    Beefsteak/ elephant ear

    Some false morels of the genus Gyromitra and Verpa contain gyromitrin, which is hydrolyzed to monomethylhydrazine in the body. Monomethylhydrazine not only displays acute toxicity to the liver and kidneys, but is also carcinogenic. It boils off at 87C, which is below the boiling point of water. So the folklore with false morels is that if you cook them thoroughly (with the lid off the pan), they are safe. I have no desire to perform such experiments on myself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyromitra_esculenta
  12. Bruce

    ID help

    Yep, I find these this time of year. They're a little chewy but "okay" with my breakfast eggs.
  13. Bruce

    Gymnopilus liquiritiae ?

    I've also had trouble attaching photos. You'll have more luck uploading to cloud storage and sending a link. Bruce
  14. I bought an HMS membership last spring and it took more than two months to get my T-shirt. But I *did* get it. I suspect Steve collects orders for the year and gets them all printed at once to keep costs down. This makes perfect sense, but only he can tell you for sure. Regards, Bruce
  15. Bruce

    100 Edible Mushrooms

    I agree that Kuo's "100 Edible" book is the one that I crack open the most often. I also own McFarland & Mueller and use that a lot. Although the number of species listed in the latter is limited, it covers most of the (edible) ones you are really likely to encounter (and eat). Others to consider: The Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms (McKnight & McKnight) Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America (Fischer & Bessette)

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