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  1. Thanks for all the great information! I found a lot of these right at the camp I was staying at and which I go to often. If there are a King Bolete species (which it sounds like they are) I may fry some up and finally try this talked about mushroom!
  2. Thanks for the input. The blue staining I observed on a few of these was found at the top just under the cap skin when cut.
  3. Was out yesterday found alot of thes... growing directly from the ground amongst white pines red pines and possible some hemlock and a bunch of other pines.. Growing alone and sometimes two growing together. It has the king bolete thick stem, white rim around cap, netting on stem, etc.. However, Im leaning towards Huronesis due to the fact the stem netting is very minimal and when cut in half there is almost immediate blue staining seen most at the top of the cap area. Didn't see much of any "tide mark" typical of the huronensis ? Thoughts? (sorry some pics are sideways I tried fixing this but no luck). Any other tricks to tell these apart? Is it possible to have both kings and huronensis growing together?
  4. Spore prints were white for both, will proceed in frying up some.
  5. Been doing further research, from what I can gather it is almost certainly Pleurotus Populinus. I believe it the first two pics are P Populinus that fruited solo and grew to a large / somewhat uncommon size. Pics 3 and 4 is a younger one a few feet down the same log. A few look alikes are mock oyster, flat crep and angel wings. Its certainly no mock oyster, very sure its not flat crep (although the spore print will confirm as crep has brown spores), and angel wings grows on coniferous which isn't the case here. Pleurotus ostreatus is possibly but I'm leaning towards the P populinus since its growing on that poplar aspen log. After I check my spore print later today i might fry some up for as taste test. Let me know your thoughts please.
  6. Was out today on the search for mushrooms, found this one growing on a fallen aspen/poplar/cottonwood (not sure which one think poplar). It had a another small one and a few ones that had rotted completely on the same fallen tree. Awaiting a spore print, thoughts on ID?
  7. Made some attempts of cooking it, frying it was a no go, not good at all. Then I added some to a roast and let simmer for hours it got a bit better still kinda tough, tried again in a stew simmering all day and it was a bit better but again still kinda tough. The outer most edges of it were not terrible after it sat in the stew for the day, the rest was a bit tough. I got advise to dry it and make it into mushroom powder for cooking, which I may do for the remainder. Overall, harvesting one this late is something I may pass on in future chicken of the woods findings, OR cut the outter most edges of the mushroom off and just save those (as I've seen alot of people do with this mushroom) for stews etc... I like the idea the mushroom can continue to grow a bit and pass on its spores if you just selectively harvest its outter most edges and leave the rest there. Im excited to find a younger one and see how it compares.
  8. Hi Dave, There is no black staining whatsoever. We had a long hot few weeks here with no rain, wonder if this stunted its growth? I did already eat a bit, but much to my disappointment it was very dry and didn't really fry up at all, like no water came out of the mushroom, no ill effects from consuming. Its also in a flood zone and this entire stump would be covered by water every spring maybe part of the reasoning why its not on the base?
  9. Would it be possible to still utilize some of this mushroom in a soup or slow cooked roast or something? Or is it more likely not to turn out well not matter what ?
  10. I was worried that might be the case... thanks. Next flush I will catch it earlier..
  11. Hello, found my first chicken was pretty excited. Laetiporus Cincinnatus , the white bottom one. Got home confirmed it in the books and also on this site. Chopped some up fried it and much to my disappointment it wasn't very tasty... in fact I couldn't even finish it. It didn't really fry like most mushrooms do, and the texture was kinda off putting (almost kind of like a Styrofoam texture), when it was done frying it almost looked the same as when it started? ... There didn't seem to be much water that came out of it during the frying process. Am I doing something wrong here, or was this one particular mushroom perhaps too old or dried out? We just had a very hot week with no rain. Or is this typical of chickens, or maybe i need to parboil or something? I don't want to throw out the rest of it but not sure what to do. Thanks for any advice.
  12. Hello everyone, l think I may have just stumbled on my very first chicken of the woods find, growing on a burr oak stump. Just about to fry some up but figured it won't hurt to post this for insight. thanks!
  13. Stumbled across this nice looking flush when I was out gathering some other mushrooms. Not sure what it is very scaly cap and stipe, I think it was growing on an old red pine but hard to tell not certain. Spore print was dark brown. no ring present. gilles attached in an "emarginate" to a "adnate" sort of fashion.. Thoughts?
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