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  1. Unlikely they are psilocybe.
  2. I second Dave's opinion of leccinums. I have eaten them for 40 years and have never had a problem but the decision is yours to make. In my area, the Eastern Europeans eat a lot of them and I have never heard of anyone being poisoned.
  3. Going with an experienced mycophagist or group is always the best way to learn. Bar none. Some forays charge a small fee...still worth it.
  4. my best advice is to stay with very easy recognizable species your first year picking. Morels and oysters are quite easy to identify so that's a good start. Don't sweat the morel IDing, once you find a couple you will find they are pretty distinctive from their look a likes. Oysters, have some very key identifiers and if you stick to only poplar you need not worry about angel wings. Good luck!! If in your travels you find mushrooms that you don't know what they are, take pictures and post them up here, we can try help you identify them. Just don't mix unknown mushrooms with your table bounty.
  5. Spore print color would be useful here.
  6. It is difficult to tell. Spore print would have been good but probably far too late for that.
  7. I find it odd that the author of this on mushroom expert suggests that there are no medicinal mushrooms. There are a wide variety of mushrooms with proven medicinal properties. There are 1000's of published clinical studies done on many types of mushrooms, chaga among them, that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Nicholas Money is just lazy in his research. Shame on Kuo for giving credence to this quite frankly. Harvard, and Oxford University have dozens of published medical papers alone with in depth clinical trials. I'm not sure why he is making this claim in his 2016 paper but it is erroneous in my opinion. He is right that many of the health claims being advertised for a type of mushroom may be grossly exaggerated or even fictitious but there is absolutely medical research proven health benefits to chaga and many other medicinal mushrooms. Will chaga cure your cancer. Nope. Will it boost your immune system, aid digestion, help stabilize blood sugar and blood pressure...you bet your arse it will and that is medically PROVEN. Sorry if I am going off on a shpiel but there are many people who have eloquently and thoroughly debunked this paper by Money and a quick search on the internet will bring an extremely compelling and thorough counterpoint to his article.
  8. Dave, I find that armillaria often grow solitary when growing on tree roots. Usually there is a cluster nearby (within 20 feet) on a stump though. Might be a picker got the cluster but didn't clean up the singles in the area.
  9. If it's not birch, which it doesn't appear to be, it's not chaga. I have harvested chaga commercially for many years for a local native band for their traditional medicines and that honestly does not look like chaga to me. Poplars and other hardwood trees get similar type growths but they are NOT chaga or at least not what we consider chaga to be. To clarify...before I am shouted down. Technically chaga can and will grow on other hardwood trees. However, only the white and yellow birch chaga growths produce any medicinal properties. The type of chaga found on other trees is devoid of any medicinal properties and is basically worthless to consume. Buyer beware, for those purchasing chaga, some unscrupulous pickers will sell chaga from poplars and oak to unsuspecting buyers. However, look for darker color from these types of chaga. The birch tree is what provides chaga with it's unique medicinal properties. Just as birch bark tea does as well...chaga is just more concentrated as it strips the birch tree of these medicines. For that reason, I and other conscientious pickers, will never acknowledge chaga from other trees as chaga. Need to end that confusion because people pay big money for the health benefits and it is awful to see people being confused about the chaga growing on other trees. Please only harvest what you need, and never consume or sell chaga harvested from trees other than birch.
  10. I'd say you are making a very sensible plan. Others will disagree, but I mainly go out targeting one or two choice edible species but try hit areas where other edibles may also come into the mix. Like any other forager, I have my year to year honey holes for various species and if it's a good year I will specifically target these areas with one species in mind. I can't recall too many times where I went to my hydnum spots and didn't come away with some leccinums and other boletes or go for chanterelles and not come away with a good haul of agaricus varieties etc. The nice thing about wild mushrooms is that whether you target one species or several, there is a good chance that your walk will provide some unexpected bounty. For my first several years, I stuck to about 5 or 6 varieties of mushrooms similar to your list above. I ate very well and always had a bounty of dried and frozen mushrooms through the winter. Good luck!! If you are willing to pick mushrooms that are new to you and will require ID at home, bring a 2nd basket to put them in just in case.
  11. These look like Gomphus clavatus to me as well. I see hints of purple on my monitor?
  12. Geographically we come from very similar type of country. Canadian Shield, boreal forest. I have never seen spring or white L.Decastes. Not saying it's impossible but I would be very hesitant to call them that.
  13. Seem very light colored and wrong time of year for Lyophyllum Decastes.
  14. Looks like armillaria tabescens. Check for a white spore print.
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