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  1. Bruce

    Chantrelles today

  2. I stumbled across a few smallish purple-spored puffballs (Calvatia cyathiformis) today while mowing the back acreage. Same place I found them last fall. Photos available: https://drive.google.com/open?id=110bMdsVpG4VQMWN2LpXBu-o-M7HN-vOg https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_nyOUssuGiVyULQIj1rqdpkouC6RX5ys I only picked two and left the others to sporulate (read: I wasn't willing to brave the poison ivy). Bruce
  3. Results of this afternoon's edible mushroom foray. Clockwise from top-right: Crown corals, oysters, mixed chanterelles, cauliflower mushroom, and chicken "fingers." I still can't post an image here for some reason. If you want to see a photo, go to https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212274957095712&set=a.1654301044021.2078671.1431926578&type=3&theater You might have to "friend" me first. I've never found a cauliflower mushroom before, and am eager to give it a taste. If anyone has a good recipe, please send my way. Bruce
  4. I cleaned, separated, and lightly browned half of my stash in a little oil last night so as to get an unadulterated taste. The overall impression was very similar to a hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)...quite flavorful and just a little chewy. It would perform well in any recipe devised for a hen. Cauliflower mushrooms are not very common and I was totally delighted to stumble across these two. You can bet that I will remember where I got it and will be coming back, hoping for more. Bruce
  5. I uploaded the photo to my Google Drive. Here is the link https://drive.google.com/open?id=1upV-tN2ZIoSGcInRCWktKOzZ09NvrYGk Bruce
  6. Look in any wooded area a couple of days after a soaking rain. I've found state parks and state forests to be good hunting grounds...but I occasionally turn up edibles in my own backyard. Also, get a good book and study up...I recommend "Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States" as a good beginner's book. I've found that the more edible mushrooms I'm able to identify the more "luck" I have.
  7. I would send you photos, but for some reason I can't upload a photo here unless I start a new topic. I am also unable to "like" anyone's posts anymore. For awhile I was unable to post at all! These problems began as soon as I joined the society. Odd that sending in $30 would cause me to LOSE privileges. Bruce
  8. Bruce

    Are these laetiporius? ChickenOfTheWoods

    In my opinion, neither of these mushrooms look like what you suggest they might be. My advice is to never eat anything unless YOU know what it is. Bruce
  9. Bruce

    Tasty find

    >>Have you ever found a good preservation method for laetiporius? I've been wanting to collect some this year but haven't encountered any yet. Good find for DHuntington. I've frozen them raw, and they always end up just a little more chewy than I would prefer. Depending on preparation (soups, casseroles, or whatever) you can kinda get away with it...but in my experience Laetiporus is by far the best when fresh and oven-fried. Bruce
  10. Definitely a sobering story for any novice mushroom hunter. Amatoxins are deadly, and I never eat anything unless *I* know what it is. Bruce
  11. Definitely young chants. Jack-o-lanterns grow on tree roots. I was out two days ago collecting and encountered a trail-runner who told me about these huge orange mushrooms that he saw growing on a tree stump. He thought they were the same thing I was collecting, but I suspected Leatiporus. I walked the same trail he told me about, wearing my backpack and expecting a big harvest; and was mildly disappointed to encounter a collection of truly huge jack-o-lanterns. They were very impressive and I took a bunch of photos, but took nothing home. C'est la vie, Bruce
  12. Brick-cap boletes are generally much larger, and stain blue IMMEDIATELY after bruising. A bicolor bolete would have a red stem 2/3rds of the way up from the bottom. Like you, I'm kinda stumped. Bruce
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    Recent finds #3
  14. Bruce

    Angel Wings in Indiana?????

    I agree with Dhuntington, they sure look like oysters to me. They are very common in Indiana, and although not as tasty as morels or chanterelles, are definitely a worthwhile edible. They start out pure white but become more buff-colored as they age (or get rained on). I find their aroma to be very distinctive, but your mileage may vary. Regards, Bruce
  15. Bruce

    Black Chanterelles

    Great find! I am so freaking jealous right now...
  16. Bruce

    Angel Wings in Indiana?????

    I have not found much by way of angel wings locally, but oysters are pretty common after a good rain. Best to post a photo; as they say, a picture is worth 1000 words. Be sure to get a good shot of the underside. Oysters in Indiana will commonly have little black beetles among the gills and smell faintly of anise. Try to either cook them up or dehydrate them within 2-3 days as they don't have a very long shelf life. Hope this helps, Bruce
  17. Recent rains have finally brought up some mushrooms in central Indiana, although I haven't found anything really table-worthy. Below are some photos. I really wish Bitter Boletes tasted better. The oysters were, unfortunately, about two days past their prime. I would appreciate help with ID of the second photo. They kinda resemble Shaggy Manes but these were growing on wood. American Parasol? Bruce
  18. Bruce

    Half Free Morels (Morchella Punctipes)

    Glad to hear somebody is finding something! Here in central IN it's been so dry this spring that nothing is popping up. Bruce
  19. Bruce

    Devil's Urn (Urnula Craterium)

    Welcome back! I need to get out hunting. Pheasantbacks should be available soon, too. Is that really a morel in the third picture? If it wasn't so early in the season I'd think it was a lobster mushroom. Bruce
  20. The slice is dried and bagged and ready to send to you as soon as I have your mailing address.
  21. 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.
  22. 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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  24. No problem. I will contact you offline to get further information.
  25. 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.

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