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  1. Bruce

    January mushrooms

    Well, here's the spore print: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YgSEC73dZUZolUO9i6l3Qnv3TUnMTBA8 Kinda buff- or cream-colored, and not very dark at all. Along with the robust stem and notched gill attachment, I'm currently leaning towards a Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda). Could be wishful thinking on my part. Bruce
  2. Bruce

    January mushrooms

    I'm certainly willing to do that, but in the past times you've suggested that to me, you never gave me your mailing address. Getting a spore print at the moment. Bruce
  3. I took advantage of warm weather last Sunday (64 degrees in Ellettsville/Spencer) to do some late-season hiking and collect a limited supply of the Indiana mycophagist's last refuge -- the Pear-Shaped Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme). See https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Tay4HOhiLx0MtCDYLItl4LvyCPfidZgU Despite all my efforts in the field, I still had to meticulously tear each little mushroom in half and throw away about a third of the ones that were showing signs of sporulating. Not sure what I'll do with them yet, but I ought to do something special. Bruce
  4. Bruce

    Fairy Ring?

    Agaricus campestris should have pink or brown gills and prominent remnants of a partial veil. Spore print is brown. I can't really tell gill color or other details from this photo. Could be a Meadow Mushroom, maybe not. But to answer your question...yes, they sometimes grow in fairy rings. I have some that usually come up every year on my property. Didn't this year, though. September was too dry. Bruce
  5. Bruce

    Hen of the woods

    I think I hate you both. :-) You must live in northern Indiana. Here west of Indy, total rainfall accumulation for September was right around 0.2 inches. Very disappointing from a mushrooming standpoint, especially compared to last year. Bruce
  6. 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.
  7. Bruce

    Todays finds

    Mmm. Gotta get me some of those Hericiums!
  8. 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
  9. 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
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    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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. Bruce

    Mccormick creek foray

    So...how did things go with this weekend's forays at Brown Co and McCormick's Creek? Bruce
  16. 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
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    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
  18. 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/.
  19. Bruce

    Tasty find

    That looks like Laetiporus cincinnatus (white-pored version). I don't run across those very often.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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

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