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  1. Definitely not chanterelle. You need a good book! Bruce
  2. Yep. These are actually rather tasty if fresh. Bruce
  3. That's what they look like to me. Bruce
  4. 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
  5. Not Hericium. I don't know what it is. Bruce
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Beautiful! I haven't been out mushrooming all year. Shame on me. Bruce
  10. Yes, it looks like a Pluteus. I've never had the nerve to pick and eat one. Too many look-alikes. For sure I would never attempt to ID it for you only to have you get sick. I suggest you continue to educate yourself on both the mushrooms and the risks and avoid putting your health in the hands of others. Regards, Bruce
  11. Looks like Tylopilus felleus Regards, Bruce
  12. Agreed...it's Artomyces pyxidatus. They are actually quite tasty, but you have to collect a lot of them, and it can be a chore to remove all the wood particles. Beware of look-alikes, particularly various species of Ramaria. Bruce
  13. Agreed. Past it's prime, though. Cincinnatus have the white underside and often appear on roots instead of exposed wood (as opposed to sulphureus). Bruce
  14. Here in central IN, I've never found any before Independence Day. I went out looking earlier this week, thinking that maybe we've had the rain and degree-days this year so that they'd be up a little early. Nope.
  15. I can't speak to this one. Have you found anything yet? The Stamets book referenced earlier might have some recommendations (I don't actually own the book, but have read a friend's copy). Sounds cool, though. I wish you luck on the morels. They are very resistant to cultivation...if it was easy a lot of people would already be doing it. Regards, Bruce
  16. A few tips and pics is unlikely to get the job done. To do this right, you need a good book, like "The Mushroom Cultivator" by Paul Stamets. Mushroom propagation is not like growing plants...trying to do it based on YouTube videos is a path to failure. I do suggest that you start with oyster mushrooms. They tend to be very hardy and if you can't grow those, you can't grow anything! Good luck, Bruce
  17. No idea. Seem to be discolored by frost.
  18. Yeah, I think so. I have some of these growing on stump roots in my back yard.
  19. Seems to match my references on the subject. Don't hang your hat on my ID, though.
  20. Found these in my back yard today. I'm dehydrating them for later eating, but doubt that I'll eat any myself, as I usually have a nip or two of bourbon just about every day. :-) https://drive.google.com/file/d/10nAn8r5CGv1eMere1c9sTrcvGlQIUk67/view?usp=sharing If anyone else has collected these before and tried them I'd appreciate hearing from you. Bruce
  21. 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. Bruce
  22. I can't speak to Daviess County, but here in Hendricks, we haven't had any rain to speak of for more than six weeks. No rain, no mushrooms. Bruce
  23. 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. Bruce
  24. I suspect so. It's that time of year. Bruce
  25. Agreed, not chanterelles. Could be honey mushrooms. Are they growing from soil, or buried wood? Have you taken a spore print? Bruce
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