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  1. On 10/13/2020 at 5:50 AM, Hoosierfunguy said:

    I tried freezing them raw and also par boiling them,  then freezing and partially cooking them in oil, then freezing.  None of those worked well.  The texture and flavor was compromised. 

    I've found that freezing them raw works just about as well as anything...but you're right...they're okay but not the same after thawing.


  2. On 9/21/2020 at 5:19 PM, Hoosierfunguy said:

    I know we should be in that season here,  so the hunt for the elusive Frondosa commences.  I enjoy learning about other's successes also!

    Nothing here. In fact, no rain in more than five weeks. If that doesn't change soon, I can't imagine that we will, either.

    I went hiking just yesterday, and carried a collection bag, in the vain hope that I might encounter something. The only mushrooms of any kind that I witnessed were artist's conk (Ganoderma sp). But in my mind's eye, I had visions of already-pinned mycelia lurking underground, just waiting for a soaking.


  3. Yep, chanterelles kinda got a late start but are now doing pretty well. I got about 5 pounds on a hike in a state forest last week. I probably could have collected 10x that, but I didn't want to tote them around for six miles. Besides, sometimes "enough is enough."

    Meadow mushrooms are also starting to pop up. Here's a photo of what I collected a half-hour ago from my own front yard.



  4. Boy, that sure looks like a green-spored lepiota to me. If the spore print was not green, what color was it?

    Parasols are not common in Indiana. They also are difficult to identify for certain, and are not an entry-level mushroom. I doubt that this one is a true parasol, as it lacks the variegated stem. But it could be.

    Get some reference books, and work from there. I highly recommend this one for starters. You should start with oysters and chanterelles and chicken-of-the-woods and stuff like that. Counting on others to identify mushrooms for you is risky. If YOU are not sure, don't eat it.

    Hope this helps,


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    2 hours ago, Hoosierfunguy said:

    I've been finding these around my yard for a couple of seasons.  Did you get a positive ID? 

    Looks pretty similar. I never did get a positive ID, but I think DHuntington is probably on the right track (Peziza phyllogena).


  6. I grew up in Butler, IN, if you know where that is.

    When it comes to edibles, pheasant backs and morels are about all you'll find this time of year. Mushroom season really starts in July. While you're waiting, try out some books. For a true neophyte, you can't go wrong with "Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States" (https://www.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-Illinois-Surrounding-Kitchen-ebook/dp/B00AJA0ZFG).


  7. 7 minutes ago, hoosiermushrooms said:

    DNA came back as Lepista nuda. This record will help to add to the morphological and ecological variation that we can expect from this species.

    Thanks Steve!

    And here I could have eaten it all along. :-) Hopefully a few more will pop up at this same location this fall.


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