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  1. It’s a shame that there doesn’t seem to be anything popping up in Washington state right now. Where I am it’s nearing 100 degrees every day, so nothing within a 100 mile radius is popping up.
  2. I just grew my own golden oysters and they looked pretty similar to these but mine were smaller. If these are true golden oysters looks like you hit the motherload! They look a tad old to me though.
  3. Now that I look over the pictures I believe you are right. Thank you! Only one was rather fresh, the other were almost in a “dried” stage from the dry heat we’ve been having lately. I’ll have to look out for them next time. Thanks! Wikipedia lists them as a good edible when young, however they’re still edible while old, just tough. Can somebody confirm that?
  4. Found this on a hike in Washington state in a forest full of pine, fir, birch, and beech. I believe this is an old pine stump. The first two pictures are of a mushroom that’s a tad old and wrinkled, but the last three are of one mushroom that was still moist and fresh (the oval shaped one). I have no guesses unfortunately. Wasn’t able to get a spore print on any of them either
  5. I don’t know, I didn’t know you needed full grown corn plants to get the fungus to grow. I am gonna try using a greenhouse to grow my own mushrooms, what setup would you recommend to a beginner that’s trying to grow simple things like oysters or lions mane? I heard you can use clear Rubbermaid containers with holes drilled in them and a simple room humidifier. I have a steam humidifier but it seems like it gets too hot to grow mushrooms with. Any suggestions?
  6. Yeah I was wondering if it’s possible to cultivate indoors, and I’m several miles away from any commercial corn fields.
  7. Yeah according to the research I’ve done, it seems to be a diamond in the rough. I’ve heard it’s a great edible, maybe it’s not popular because it looks like mold. I’m very curious as to how to get my hands on fresh stuff
  8. Has anyone ever eaten Ustilago maydis (corn smut)? I’ve recently found out about it and I’d love to try it, or even cultivate some of my own. Anyone have any advice?
  9. Jared


    Not an expert, but I would say those are pretty old and dried out, so much so that I don’t think giving an accurate ID is possible.
  10. Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but did you do the spore print with the mushroom upside down like that in the fridge? It’s supposed to be the opposite, with the gills facing the surface you want to obtain a print on. That may be why the print was difficult to get.
  11. I live in North Central Washington and I’m trying to find some good high elevations spots for fire morels or just morels in general. Does anyone want to share some spots that might still harbor the right conditions for morels to form? I heard the cascades is a decent spot in mid to late summer to look for them, but I don’t really feel the want to drive over 2 hours just to “see” if there’s anything worthwhile. I’ve found various puffballs at higher elevations but maybe there are morels where the snow is just starting to melt off? I’ve never hunted anywhere further than an hour away so I’m a little weary on locations, as I’m still a beginner. Any help is appreciated!
  12. Even if it isn’t chicken if the woods, I’m fairly sure there aren’t any seriously poisonous polypores that look similar to the one you found. So I think it would be safe to consume either way but I’m no expert obviously, just speaking from my personal experience.
  13. These were found in Ravensdale, Washington growing on a dead log (most likely a pine or fir tree) as well as on the ground, where there is a lot of decaying wood matter. These are the only pictures I have unfortunately. I found these about two weeks ago, where it was very wet and it was around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit ambient temperature.
  14. Pretty much as the title says: what mushrooms grow in the summer in the Pacific Northwest? I’ve heard we have pretty much a year round mushroom season, however I’m gonna try looking in the mountains in coniferous forests primarily but there may be some hardwoods scattered about. What should I be on the lookout for?
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