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  1. They look like Suillus to me (the pine needles are a big clue). Bruce
  2. Lovely Hericium. I'm jealous! Bruce
  3. XNME -- I suggest that you eat what you want and don't fret about what I say. It's pretty obvious that I don't know what I'm talking about and those people on shroomery.com do. Bruce
  4. I have eaten Ramaria formosa before, by accident, thinking that was I'd collected was growing on buried wood. They did not taste good. Maybe if you cooked them until the cows come home... I suppose they are edible, because I did not get sick. By that definition, I suspect most mushrooms are "edible." And in fact, every mushroom is edible...once. Experimenting on your own is not the way to go if you expect to live a good, long life. Regards, Bruce
  5. Pleurotis pulmonarius. To me, they smell like anise. Bruce
  6. The coral fungus is Ramaria formosa. Not edible. The bolete looks like a Brick-cap bolete to me, because the pore surface is not decurrent. Scratch it and if it turns blue immediately then that's what it is. That one will likely make you sick, too. There's a Lactarius in here and some other things but I'm not comfortable attempting to ID them for you. Bruce
  7. By the way, fence your chickens away from your winecaps, or any other mushroom plot. If you don't, they'll eat the mycelium and you'll get no mushrooms. Been there, done that. Bruce
  8. Oysters will grow happily and quickly on aspen. They like just about anything but conifers. As logs rot, they are taken over by a progression of fungi. Oysters prefer to be the first, and will feast on the sugars that remain in the wood. Waiting 4-5 months from tree death to inoculation is not a good idea. Drop a live tree, buck it, and get your plugs in within the first 2-3 weeks. Even then, you'll get most of your production in year two or later. I'm not saying that your oysters won't grow anyway (they're very aggressive), but with consideration of how easy it is to just drop another small tree you'll be ahead of the game by starting out that way. Hope this helps, Bruce
  9. Maybe....please provide details, including location. Bruce
  10. Looks like jack-o-lantern, but the spore print shouldn't be orange. So, I dunno. Bruce
  11. There won't be anything to hunt if it doesn't rain soon. Bruce
  12. Agaricus is a catch-all "genus" for gilled mushrooms. Some are edible, many are not. If you're wanting meadow mushrooms, it's a little early for that. Regards, Bruce
  13. If that's a Dryad's Saddle, it's a really old one. Unfortunately, Dryad's Saddle and morels are about all you'll find this time of year. Morels are great, but I just don't have the knack of seeing them hidden in leaf litter like others seem to. To get started, read a book. I recommend "Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois and Surrounding States" by McFarland and Muller. https://www.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-Illinois-Surrounding-Kitchen/dp/0252076435/ This will get you familiar with most of the wild species commonly collected for the table in this region. BTW, it is perfectly legal to collect mushrooms on DNR properties. https://www.in.gov/dnr/state-parks/files/sp-MushroomsBrochure.pdf Regards, Bruce
  14. I did a little hunting yesterday but came up empty. It's a little early yet, but wondering if anyone else has had more success (perhaps living further south). Bruce
  15. Not really a mushroom (fruiting body), but a mass of mycelium. A decoction is supposed to be good for all kinds of ailments and I've seen this sold in health food stores at remarkable prices. Always wondered what it tastes like, though. Bruce
  16. Definitely not chanterelle. You need a good book! Bruce
  17. Yep. These are actually rather tasty if fresh. Bruce
  18. That's what they look like to me. Bruce
  19. If you're talking about aquatics, see https://bloomington.in.gov/sites/default/files/2017-06/Griffy Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management Plan Feb 2017.pdf If it's land stuff, I suspect autumn olive, bush honeysuckle and/or garlic mustard. Bruce
  20. Not Hericium. I don't know what it is. Bruce
  21. This is not really on-topic, but has become something of an FAQ. So I'll answer it anyway. I've never seen "magic" mushrooms growing wild in Indiana. If this is really important to you, you will have to buy spore syringes and grow them out yourself. See https://www.sporebank.com/ and https://www.mushroomvideos.com/BRF-Pf-Tek). There are other spore suppliers on the web, and many other resources providing advice as to mushroom propagation. As to whether any of these sites are monitored by the DEA, I can't answer that. Bruce
  22. Looks like wood ear to me, too. One side is typically fuzzy-looking while the other is smooth. Although you should never rely on others to identify mushrooms for you, I think you're pretty safe with this one. You may be disappointed, though. Wood ears aren't exactly flavorful...they are used to add texture. Your best bet is to chop them up for a soup. A Google search will turn up plenty of recipes. Bruce
  23. Never took a class, but have read several books. I can recommend the following: https://smile.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-America-Field-kitchen/dp/0292720807/ https://smile.amazon.com/National-Audubon-Society-American-Mushrooms/dp/0394519922 https://smile.amazon.com/Edible-Mushrooms-Illinois-Surrounding-Kitchen/dp/0252076435/ https://smile.amazon.com/100-Edible-Mushrooms-Michael-Kuo/dp/0472031260 Hope this helps, Bruce
  24. Beautiful! I haven't been out mushrooming all year. Shame on me. Bruce
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