hen of the woods (maitake)
hen of the woods (maitake) chili
Gem studded puffballs (edible)
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. (NOT edible)
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.
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, gem studded puffballs, spore print of yellow laughing gym, aborted entolomas.
aborted entoloma (edible)
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,