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  1. 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.
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    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.
  3. 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
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    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.
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    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
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    ID help

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

    Gymnopilus liquiritiae ?

    I've also had trouble attaching photos. You'll have more luck uploading to cloud storage and sending a link. Bruce
  8. 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
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    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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    Oyster Mushroom?

    I believe it is...perhaps what they call a late fall oyster. But they usually have tinges of green. Was it growing on wood? Bruce
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    Lion’s Mare?

    It's a Hericium, but not a lion's mane. This looks like bear's tooth (Hericium americanum), and is no doubt a little past its prime. Still, a nice find for this late in the year!
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    My first giant puff ball?

    Eat it! They don't have a strong flavor, but saute'd with a little garlic and olive oil they go well with Italian dishes. Bruce
  13. Genus and species names are defined by the first person to "describe" them in the technical literature. As such, there is no way to definitively categorize them based on the name itself...it simply involves a lot of rote memory. Most introductory guides should provide you with the scientific names of any mushroom fruiting body that they may be talking about. If they don't, look elsewhere. Orders and families are another matter entirely and again, any good guide should be organized along those lines (Russulaceae, Polyporaceae, Agaricaceae, etc). Hope this helps, Bruce
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    Hen of the woods

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    Id help

    Beats me. Sure isn't corn smut. Ask your extension agent. :-) Bruce

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