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hen of the woods (maitake)

hen of the woods (maitake)

hen of the woods (maitake) chili

hen of the woods (maitake) chili

Gem studded puffballs (edible)

Gem studded puffballs (edible)

Giant puffball: sliced and breaded in preparation for Puffball Parmesan

Giant puffball: sliced and breaded in preparation for Puffball Parmesan

Don't let his smile fool you...Dave's got poison in his hands! Pigskin Poison Puffball Mushroom.

Don't let his smile fool you...Dave's got poison in his hands! Pigskin Poison Puffball Mushroom. (NOT edible)

Blewit, edible

Blewit, edible

Identifying mushrooms after the walk with the Western PA mushroom club

Identifying mushrooms after the walk with the Western PA mushroom club

Perhaps some kind of honey mushroom (unveiled?). We found these after the hike and are currently spore printing. We won't eat them, though, without a knowledgable person to ID them.

Perhaps some kind of honey mushroom (unveiled?). We found these after the hike and are currently spore printing. We won't eat them, though, without a knowledgable person to ID them.

rusty brown spore print from what a mushroom expert thought was a gymnopilus luteus (yellow laughing gym.) This is a hallucinogenic (not edible) mushroom.

rusty brown spore print from what a mushroom expert thought was a gymnopilus luteus (yellow laughing gym), or perhaps some kind of Pholiota mushroom. The laughing gym is a hallucinogenic (not edible) mushroom.

Table full of mushroom fun. Far left: hen of the woods and clockwise: unveiled honey mushroom (?), giant puffballs, blewits, spore print of yellow laughing gym, aborted entolomas.

Table full of mushroom fun. Far left: hen of the woods and clockwise: unveiled honey mushroom (?), giant puffballs, blewits, gem studded puffballs, spore print of yellow laughing gym, aborted entolomas.

Blewits (edible)

Blewits (edible)

aborted entoloma (edible)

aborted entoloma (edible)

Making spore prints of blewit (front), meadow mushroom (back left) and unveiled honey (on blue paper)

Making spore prints of blewit (front), meadow mushroom (back left) and unveiled honey (on blue paper)

Thank you to the Western PA Mushroom Club for this wonderful walk and help with identifying all these (and more) amazing mushrooms!

And to our new friend Michael who found the Hen of the Woods (and gave it away!) and also quite generously gave us the aborted entolomas to try. Thank you, Michael!

Lots of love and fall mushroom fun to everyone,

~ Melissa

  • oh yea one more thing! laughing gym smell a little bit like anise!

  • Awesome finds. I'm pretty sure that big laughing gym you guys got is a species of pholiota. I've seen a bunch of them while looking for sheepshead and are often found in the same oak forests the sheepshead are in.

    Do you have a recipe for that chili? I got a bunch of sheepshead and outside of the burgers and ragu' sauces I have planned, I need some ideas.

    Those surely look like papinkis too (the ringless honey mushrooms.)

    This is a really great blog, I live in southside and keep my eye out for the paw paws you mentioned in the past, hopeful to see them soon!

  • Hi Sam, You are probably right about the pholiota. People at the mushroom club were going back and forth about it (they had thin non-shaggy stems which were leading people away from pholiata) and finally the expert leading the walk decided on yellow laughing gym, but he really wasn't sure.
    I will post the recipe for the chili soon, hopefully later today if I get a chance.
    Thanks, too, about the input about the ringless honeys...we found them after the hike so had no one to ask.
    The paw paws are on Mission Street, between the Eleanor steps and Sterling street.
    Thanks so much for your comments!
    ~ Melissa

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