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  1. If the flavor is good, you could probably use these the way we use C. rhacodes. We normally only saute the buttons because the texture of the open caps is not the greatest, but all of the open caps that still have white gills are saved for drying. After they are dried the caps become very soft and brittle; they are easy to turn into powder by just rubbing them between your hands. The powder is a great flavor enhancer for soups, stews, and just about anything that goes well with mushrooms.
  2. We find lots of C. tubaeformis after the Chanterelles are finished, and I think that they taste just as good. And I agree that they dry well and reconstitute nicely.
  3. It looks like a small Lobster Mushroom, but I don't know if I've ever seen one that small. In SW BC they are always considered safe to eat, but I'm not sure if that is the case in eastern North America.
  4. This looks like a slime mold. Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa looks somewhat similar, but the Web photos that I viewed did not show an identical structure.
  5. If that's the tree that is the host for the mushroom, then you definitely have a potential problem. The presence of a large fruiting body indicates that the heartwood of the tree is being rapidly decayed by the mushroom's mycelium, making the whole tree susceptible to blowdown. To assess the current risk you need the services of a professional arborist.
  6. CajunShroomer, you refer to L. sulphureus as a parasite, but I've never found a chicken on anything but dead wood. Wikipedia refers to them as saprophytic and weakly parasitic. You might have better luck finding them if you target areas with lots of dead oaks.
  7. Commercial morel hunters only gather morels in burned forests. It's hard to imagine that they could do more damage than the forest fires that preceded them. The biggest problem seems to be the trash that they leave behind.
  8. It's definitely one of the Eastern Cauliflower mushrooms (Sparassis crispa or S. spathulata), not a Sheepshead (Grifola frondosa).
  9. My guess is that they are Suillus granulatus, which is supposed to be a good tasting Suillus. I can't verify that, but I've read that no Suillus are poisonous. However, the few that I've tried are not very good; so I don't pay much attention to them.
  10. I can't tell how large these mushrooms are, but they look a little too small to be Parasols or Shaggy Parasols, or even the poisonous green-spored parasols. I suspect that they are one of the smaller poisonous Lepiotas, but I wouldn't know which species.
  11. Those white ones do not look like the Cantharellus subalbidus that we find in the west, and the white color is not from mold. They look like a color variant of one of the eastern N.A, Chanterelles. C. cibarius doesn't occur in N. America, according to Michael Kuo. Take a look at his MushroomExpert.com page on Cantharellus "cibarius". He says that Chanterelles in eastern N.A. are currently being studied to sort out their taxonomy and has suggestions for how to help.
  12. I have recently found a few Chanterelles with white mold growing on them. The mold seemed to be just on the surface and could be rubbed off; so I don't think that it was Hypomyces.
  13. Our spring weather has changed from warm and dry to cool and wet. This has created perfect conditions to fool some fall fungi into thinking that it's time to produce mushrooms. Anyway, that's my theory to explain why Shaggy Parasols sometimes appear in June, even though we normally find them during the fall rainy season. The photo shows a small cluster of Chlorophyllum olivieri that I found today in the same spot where I picked some last October. I've been planting stem butts near this location and several other spots close to home for many years, and this is the first success. I suspect that one reason why most of my stem butt plantings have not produced results is that, in the past, I didn't pay any attention to which species of Shaggy Parasol I was planting. In fact, until fairly recently, I didn't realize that there was more than one species. Now I know that we have 2 species that are quite easy to differentiate by sight and, more importantly, occur in quite different habitats. C. olivieri's cap is fairly uniformly gray (even though it looks brown in the flash photo); and it grows in a mixed forest habitat, which is the type of habitat chosen for most of my plantings. C. brunneum, the other local Shaggy Parasol, has a cap with brown scales on a white background, very similar to C. rhacodes that grows in eastern N.A.; and it likes disturbed habitats like piles of organic debris or compost. So, these differences will determine where future plantings will go.
  14. My first guess would be Chlorophyllum rhacodes or the similar C. bruneum, whichever species occurs in Montana. These usually show more brown color in the center of the cap, but the reddish staining is characteristic of both. However, such young specimens also look a lot like C. molybdites, a poisonous species that has green spores and gills when mature. To be safe, you should wait for some specimens to mature before attempting to ID them.
  15. Here in SW BC the morel season started off pretty well. A nearby burn was fairly productive, as described in another thread; and my early "natural" morel patches have been producing decent amounts of black morels. I was particularly pleased to find about 70 Western Blonde morels in the one area that produces these. The blondes are nice, large, heavy morels that keep well in the refrigerator. The problem with this season, like last year's, is that the rain has practically stopped since late April; so I haven't checked any more spots. It is not too late for my final natural morel area, and there are some burns at higher elevations that could still produce lots of morels. But rain is needed, and showers are in the forecast for later this week; so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.