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Bruce

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  1. Bruce

    Todays finds

    I went hunting today for a few hours and found little to nothing; one cluster of honeys that I chose to leave behind. We could use some of that rain you guys up north are getting.
  2. Bruce

    Todays finds

    Mmm. Gotta get me some of those Hericiums!
  3. You can tell Chlorophyllum molybdites by its green spore print. The print of a true parasol mushroom is white. Parasols can be difficult to identify. Some species of Amanita have a similar appearance. Although I believe I have found them on several occasions, I've never had the nerve to take them home and eat them. Bruce
  4. Bruce

    Fun day, lots of mushrooms

    I'm seeing brick-cap, bitter and lilac boletes in your mix. Not sure how I feel about "picking mushrooms for fun." I only take what I plan to eat, and even then I leave some behind. Take photos, not mushrooms. Bruce
  5. Bruce

    Boletes for the taking

    For absolute beginners, I recommend "Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States" by Mueller and McFarland. Another reasonably good intro text is "100 Edible Mushrooms" by Michael Kuo. I have four different mushroom guides and I consult with ALL of them before I even consider trying something for the first time. Bruce
  6. Bruce

    Honeys are back

    Spore print came back white, so I cooked 'em up: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rSEsS9QDYe0_t9tzRDv5iysRb8KvrWNf I like the texture of these 'shrooms. They would be good smothering a nice big porterhouse steak. B
  7. Bruce

    Boletes for the taking

    Yep, bugs sure do like the boletes. I went on a short hiking excursion yesterday and there were boletes all over the place. Mostly brick-cap, bitter and slippery jack, though. I didn't pick any as I already have mushrooms in my refrigerator that aren't getting eaten!
  8. The honey mushrooms in my back yard have returned! Picked a nice cluster of them today, very near to where they appeared last year. Photos: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yOXsVPLa1mUPB1TflgKLWL2rvki48sVT https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ykulrjcUg791VOny4Yxtp84nvsbhKtbD Pretty sure these are Armillaria tabescens, but I am getting a spore print overnight just to be on the safe side. Bruce
  9. Bruce

    Mccormick creek foray

    So...how did things go with this weekend's forays at Brown Co and McCormick's Creek? Bruce
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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/.
  14. Bruce

    Tasty find

    That looks like Laetiporus cincinnatus (white-pored version). I don't run across those very often.
  15. 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

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