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  1. I like being outdoors. I like cooking. I really like eating mushrooms. I also really like living. Your approach is sensible but…. I want more than 98% probability that a mushroom is identified correctly. When I am 100% certain, then I will have a single small bite. When I am OK in a few hours, I will have another. When I am fine the next day, I will have a lot more. This year I tried four new mushrooms: Deer Mushroom… Pluteus cervinus…tasteless, slimy and not worth eating. Fairy Ring…. Marasmius oreades….sweet, tasty and easy to harvest all summer on neighbouring yards. But, I studied numerous books and websites and spore printed many time for Three Years before trying it. LBM’s in lawns can be difficult to ID. Suillus brevipes…easy to identify, OK to eat but a lot of prepping to remove the dirty stem bases and the slimy cap. Guepinia helevelloides...easy to identify, mostly tasteless. Significant lower bowel action the next day...almost as effective as a colonoscopy prep.
  2. Lobster. Clean the dirt off with a soft tooth brush under a running tap. Slice and fry.
  3. Really? Please tell me more about your L. deliciosus. I had gazillions of these at the farm this year after our drought ended. But... I have heard they are morphologically identical to a European species but....Genetically different!! Therefore not the same species, in spite of looking the same. I know one person who has eaten our local variant but he says they can taste slightly bitter especially older specimens.
  4. I have no idea if transcutaneous absorption of the toxic chemicals in Amanitas can occur. The vehicle base/gel might have an influence. I would strongly caution using only a tiny amount for the first few times. Personally I would not do it.
  5. The stem base with the attached mycelium is a better way to plant Blewits
  6. They are all fun to hunt. Best to eat...Chanterelles
  7. Yes they are Amanita. What do you mean by "prepare them"? Please do Not eat them. A vomiting decent into frightful delerium if you do.
  8. Only success has been Blewits. Use an unbroken mass of mycelium in its substrate and transplant it into a big yard waste pile of leaves, grass clipping and a few twigs. Three years later, massive Blewit harvest
  9. Maybe your paraffin had residual tasty odors if it was made from a biological source (not petrochemical). Maybe your spawn material was appealingly smelly or tasty. The first time I spawned shiitake into logs, I used a sawdust based mix. Even with a wax painted cap, ants pulled away the cap and hauled away the spawn material all summer. Maybe beaver just like maple logs layed out in a buffet type dinner situation.
  10. Is this Guepinia? Spore print in process and hoping for white. I found it for the first time, at the bottom of a sloping land behind my back yard. 60 years ago it was a sand a gravel quarry. It was back filled long ago. Tree regenerated spontaneously. Mostly Aspen, Manitoba Maple and a few Bur Oaks and Ash These mushrooms were in an area of partial shade, totally dominated by Manitoba Maple (Box Elder). That concerns me because all descriptions on the web say Guepinia is usually found with conifer and buried conifer wood.
  11. Probably an oyster. But the stems seems big for an oyster. Could they be Hypsizigus tessulatus or ulmaris? Either way they look tasty, you lucky guy.
  12. Spore print should be white. I think your specimen is older. But it looks like many of the Shiitakes that I have grown from Red Maple logs. My most recent picking was a single shiitake from a 4-5 year old spawned log. It you get them a bit younger, they look more "traditional". When they get older they loose that floccose decoration on the cap, then they get really wide and flatten out and can crack. The very oldest one I ever had is shown below.
  13. My property is loaded with mushrooms that look like that. They ooze orange from cut/torn surfaces. But I never seen it turn green. How long does it take for the colour change?
  14. Blewits One of their favoured habitats is yard waste/mulch...but not too much woody material A wide flared stem base without a cup/volva. There is not any hint of ring or any residual brown coloured ring on the stem The gills have a slight notch as they meet the stem All the above are easy to see in your pics. Most critical...a "pink Brown" spore print. It looks like this:
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