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  1. True. Winnipeg has been able to sustain huge old elms making long shady streets especially west of Downtown. But it takes an annual application of Tanglefoot™️ on every tree. It is nice to see every summer but it does take significant effort
  2. I think Hypsiygus will grow on other trees like Maple. Plus you must have one of the last Elms in southern Ontario. In my youth 40+years ago, I thought they had all been killed by Dutch Elm Disease.
  3. You lucky guy Those will be delicious And yes they are oysters.
  4. I don't think I would eat the gilled mushrooms. But the Leccinum type boletes look delicious. Have fun with those.
  5. Slimy top? Ring on the stipe? I'm guessing a Suillus of some sort but not luteus---your pore structure is too large and angular for those.
  6. First time for finding this species. Am I correct: A type of Hedgehog Mushroom? H. umbilicatum? Habitat—Northwest Ontario, 20-40 year old Spruce forest with some Balsam Fir, Birch and Aspen. Moist but not sloppy soil. Late Fall season…no leaves on the trees any more. The smaller ones have a smooth light brown cap and a central depression. About 5 cm diameter Toothed under side. A couple larger ones have developed a shaggy rough surface although the mushroom still feels firm. Cooking questions: Should I rub off the teeth?---Some sources say they fall of and feel like shaved coconut if the teeth are left on. Should I eat the older ones?--- I read where H. repandum Hedgehogs get bitter as they age.
  7. Coprinus micaceus probably Black spore print? Rapidly self digests to a slimey black goo? Tasty if you pick the young ones when the gills are mostly white and cook within a few hours of picking
  8. If it is a poly pore it is surely Chicken or the Woods
  9. Agree. Looks like young Honey mushroom...Armillaria If there are others, give them a few days to get bigger and so the cap will open. Real Honey mushroom aggressively drops a white spore print. You will know within a few hours.
  10. The work colleague who gave them to me says they grow in clusters on her lawn close to forest edge. White spore print Stem base was bulbous and much wider than the rest of the stem. Ring was detachable and would slide. 8+inch cap I was convinced enough that it was an edible parasol that I fried it and stirred it into an incredibly tasty Mushroom Carbonara Pasta But is it really C. rachodes?
  11. Looks like a small Lepiota. Do Not Eat My personal guidelines to eat Lepiota... only big ones...never buttons....never if green spore print.
  12. I don't get a lot but they always taste good just like a wild Oyster.
  13. Hi Dave W Here they are. I'm new at uploading pics on this site so hopefully it works. One part of an obvious fairy ring. Several pics of younger specimens. One older specimen. And a spore print. My hospital hematology and micro lab has a 100X lens but not a 1000X. So maybe that is why I could not see the rough pointy surface detail that some websites talk about. They were eliptical but smooth looking at 100x. I am 99% convinced this is Clitocybe (Lepista) irina but not enough convinced to eat it. I did fry it and chewed a good bite but spit it out. Tasty. Made me sad to send it compost but I need absolute certainty before trying a new mushroom. I prefer to eat mushrooms that I can find in Audubon or Mushroom Expert and neither source has a listing.
  14. I get an identical mushroom also from Red maple every September. From just one single tree on my property. Agree...Hypsizygus of some sort but I can not figure out tessulatus vs. ulmaris. Either way...tasty
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