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  1. The slice is dried and bagged and ready to send to you as soon as I have your mailing address.
  2. 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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  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. It was at McCormick's Creek state park.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. You may be correct, but I wouldn't bet my life on it!
  13. Nice pics! Off the top of my head, looks like an Amanita of some kind, Polyporus squamosus, Lycoperdon pyriforme and probably some brand of Suillus. Lately I've been consuming a lot of Agaricus campestris and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. :-) Be careful out there!
  14. I agree, looks like Slippery Jack. "Edible" does not necessarily mean "good."
  15. Hard to tell for sure, but probably not. Honey mushrooms grow on wood, often buried roots in the immediate vicinity of stumps and dying trees. I don't see any trees or stumps here. Identifying mushrooms is not as simple as looking at a distant photo. There are some very knowledgeable people here and that helps, but if they make a mistake who suffers the consequences? I recommend that anyone interested in eating wild mushrooms get some books, educate himself, and feel free to post photos and check in here for confirmation. Never eat ANY mushroom unless YOU know what it is.