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About vitog

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  1. I agree that they look like Suillus americanus; but I don't have personal experience with this species, since it doesn't seem to be common in the Pacific Northwest. However, I have tried some similar Suillus types, and find them tasteless, soft, and slimy. You can read what Tom Volk says about them on his Website.
  2. Russulas are difficult to ID, and I usually avoid them when picking for eating. However, I have picked some R. xerampolina, even though it's cap color is extremely variable. I look for large, purple caps and stems with a red blush, even though these are not constant features of this species. The burgundy colored one looks close, but it would be useful to have a spore print, which should be yellowish. Check for yellowing gills in older specimens. Another feature that seems to be somewhat diagnostic is a rather firm stalk, when it is not infested with maggots.
  3. Re Sample B, make sure that the spores are white and not green. Shaggy Parasols are one of my favorite mushrooms; but when they are at the stage shown, they are only good for drying and then using as a flavoring.
  4. Here are the photos from Mark M. They're a bit blurry, but someone from eastern NA might be able to identify them.
  5. A lot more information is needed to have even a rough guess at your mushrooms, starting with location. I'm not sure it will work, but you might be able to send me some photos in a Private Message. If that doesn't work, send me your email address by PM.
  6. A spore print would be helpful for a positive ID.
  7. The first 4 photos show an Agaricus of some type, and the last group are probably Pholiota. More information is needed for a positive ID.
  8. The rule about knowing exactly what you are eating is especially important when you are dealing with Amanitas.
  9. They look like Amanita buttons. Slice through one vertically to see if they have any internal structure, or wait until they enlarge.
  10. We need photos to have any hope of an ID.
  11. They look like typical Honey Mushrooms that I see around Vancouver, BC; and there are lots available right now.
  12. I think that A, B, and C are all the same, probably Amanita muscaria. D looks like a Clitocybe, possibly the poisonous C. dealbata. E looks a lot like the tasty fairy ring mushroom, Marasmius oreades. F doesn't compute for me.
  13. If the mushroom in the last 2 photos has white gills and spore print, it might be Leucoagaricus leucothites, formerly Lepiota naucina. The gills don't look white in the last photo, but that might be due to shading.
  14. Never say never when discussing mushrooms. Chanterelles may not grow from wood, but they often grow through rotting wood if it happens to get in the way. They then appear to be growing from that wood. And they don't usually grow in large clumps, but early this summer I found several tight clumps of Chanterelles with up to a couple of dozen caps. The clumping feature may have been related to the unusual timing of the fruiting. I picked the earliest ones in late June, the earliest date ever in over 40 years of picking them in the Vancouver area.
  15. Irisha20, everything that I've read about mushrooms states that there is no single test that indicates whether a mushroom is poisonous or not. There are so many different types of toxic compounds in mushrooms that it is inconceivable that any simple test will identify toxicity. Relying on the blue onion test to identify bad mushrooms is dangerous; the only way to be certain that a mushroom is safe to eat is to positively identify it as an edible species,