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  1. It was not directly in pines, as you can sort of tell from the leaf debris around the mushroom, but it was probably a long stone's throw from a loblolly pine plantation. Two sides of my twelve acres are surrounded by a pine plantation. I don't think onnia tomentosa looks quite right. I'm looking at the size of onnia tomentosa, and I think that it is a smaller fungus. I've seen them in the area other years, and I think they get to more like 8 or so inches across.
  2. I found something similar but larger, I think (and I'm on the other side of North America). I don't know what mine is, but I think it is some kind of polypore.
  3. Nice to meet you. Everyone has been very helpful here. I hope you enjoy it. Angela
  4. I found three morels today, and my husband found the rest! He seems to have a better eye for it. I found them in Amelia County, Virginia in the same location my mom found one last April and I found three in the spring the year before that. I have no idea why they only seem to grow in a certain spot on my property, but we don't find them anywhere but in one area.
  5. I can see why they are some of your favorites.
  6. The jars say product of Germany.
  7. I found porcini, mixed mushrooms, and chanterelles in brine. I think they were under $3 a jar. No, I did not purchase any. In case someone doesn't know, Lidl is a discount German grocery store that recently appeared in my city shortly after Aldi (another discount German grocery store) arrived.
  8. I call them Indian Pipes, too. They grew in Michigan, where I grew up, and I see them around here in Virginia once in a while.
  9. No, Matt, I have not tried to revive the dried mushrooms. I hope they work out. I've only dried the fronds and not the stem pieces. Your tacos sound great.
  10. MattVA noticed that I commented on never having had a hen-of-the-woods. He very kindly fixed that a week or so ago. His grandmother had some growing around an old red oak on her property. He invited me out there, and gave me a couple hens. I got to see them growing. I got to taste them. It was A LOT of hen. I've included a picture of what he gave me, minus a little I sauteed in order to taste it and to see how I did eating it. It is an excellent mushroom. The flavor is very good, and it keeps a little crispiness even after cooking. I've had it sauteed, on pizza, in stir-fry, and the base cut as a thin steak, marinated in an Asian-style marinade, and fried like a small steak. Mostly I've dried it. I tried very hard to describe to my husband what it looked like growing. We went to a local park where we thought there were old red oaks (Larus). We found a number of big, old oaks, but now more hens (I just wanted to show him what they looked like growing--believe me, we did not need to harvest any more.) We found blewits (which I think are slimy). Yesterday, when my husband went to our hunting land for muzzle-loader deer season, he came home deerless, but he brought me two small (thank goodness) hens-of-the-woods. We've been looking for them for two seasons but just didn't know what to look for. They were by one of the big (but not the biggest) red oaks at the edge of our property (the very edges have the biggest trees). I think I'm going to try freezing these. So, I still haven't found my own, but my husband has. I'm delighted I grow it on my property. I seem to grow almost everything there. It is a very mushroomy 12 acres. I couldn't ask for better. The hen is an amazing mushroom, and a large one is a lot of food. I'm very impressed and will keep my eye out a bit yet this year so I can try to find my own, and I'll definitely want more by next fall. I'll need to figure out lots more things to do with it, and see how it rehydrates this winter. THANKS, MATT!
  11. Cool mushroom! I have no idea what it is, nor have I seen a mushroom growing in sand before. Your post brought back memories for me of climbing the Sleeping Bear sand dunes, rolling down them, and then cooling off in Glen Lake when I was a kid. We used to have a great time there.
  12. This is my third season mushroom hunting and I have never found a hen-of-the-woods. I can accept that there aren't any on my property, but I check other places, especially around big old oaks, and I just can't seem to locate one. I think it's the only edible polypore around here that I have not found yet. Any tips on where to look/what to look for?
  13. I've found very few A. mellea this year compared to two years ago. On the other hand, I don't eat them anyway since they give me nausea. They sure do taste good, though. What I did get a lot of this year are chanterelles.
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