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  1. I agree with Sue on the old. It looks like laquer braquet from 2014's growing season. The fizzing sound is the air getting sucked back in through the moisture. And reishi is easy peasy to grow. Grows best on saw dust, especially compressed into block form. Don't use saw dust from structural or treated lumber though. Those are treated with fungicide and will rarely work. I recommemend persuing this activity. I also suggesting trying to obtain birch saw dust for this activity.
  2. The slimy hygro's have been popping up around here quite a bit for the last few weeks. Even the frosts don't seem to hinder it. Are any of them actually edible? And did these guys used to be in the waxy caps catagory? Def. unpleasant slime, kudos for trudging through that one chef. The slime can really be like human mucas. For years I just wrote them off as "whatever waxy caps" but eventually gave in and accepted them for what they are. Great to look at, unpleasant to touch.
  3. Hey all, Been mind blowingly busy. That didn't stop me from coming across some very late season (at least for my area) horse mushrooms (i think). Not very typical looking, but the remaining characteristics line up. Very strong aniseed odor for sure. No yellow staining, no attached yellow rhyzomorphs. At the very least definitely an agaricus mushroom, probably one that is safe enough for me to play around with and only suffer minor gastro issues, what the heck, it's the end of the season and I have three days off. I post these in the identifying mushrooms catagory as I'm not 100 percent sure. They're usually more silvery/light tan colored around here, but they look and smell the part. Anyone else have any suggestions? Hope all are doing well, anyone who is still in season, good luck out there. It's been between 60 and 45 for the past two days and we've had some fairly decent rains recently. Probably going to head out and do one last hunt tomorrow. Still some potental for at least more horse mushrooms, blewits, and possibly even hericium.
  4. Chef, I'll let you know when I track some down and send some your way. Gonna head north in a couple of weeks to try and blow some grouse, quail, and pheasant out of the sky and onto my plate. Probably score a good lot then. Tic, if you were in the US I'd send some your way too. I've had bad experiences shipping perfectly legal, safe mushrooms across international borders and it hasn't always worked out well. Had 14 pounds of cultivated cordyceps militaris on their way to south korea seized and destroyed......that was costly, financially and ended up wasting about 8 months of effort. Unfortunately the folks that work for us customs aren't always that knowledgeable about anything other than law enforcement tactics, tend to assume the worst, and act rashly. I have also been aggressively questioned by law enforcement about the legality of the mushrooms I was picking, not that they could actually do anything if I did have a huge basket full of wild psychedelic mushrooms. Weighed, bagged, and in transport would be another story all together.
  5. Cool stuff guys. I'd love to post some personal photos of me and mushrooms but I tend to enjoy having those photos taken in the buff. You know, for personal use.
  6. perhaps it's lactarius ugliosus? those might be some of the least appetizing mushrooms I have ever seen.
  7. Are you sure the spore print is purple or could it be kind of a brownish olive green? Any pics? I'd agree with Dave, these look like the brick caps we had for dinner a couple of nights ago but purple spore print is certainly not a hypholoma characteristic. Also the nutty aroma of young brick caps is almost unmistakable......
  8. Normally I'd agree with you on the early season run for the spiny's Dave, but this season has thrown all of that on it's head. Several fall mushrooms were popping early after this wierd spring/late winter we had. Honestly, if I walked up on a flush of morels this fall I probably wouldn't fret at this point. Just be grateful, pick, and move along. Have you ever wondered how often we all probably do happen upon new or at least heavily misunderstood species of mushrooms and just take them for granted? I love mushrooms and all their mysteries. But mainly I love how they taste.
  9. anomalus group seems like a reasonable assessment. i noticed the referenced similarity to c.azureus on that me.com page as well.....i think i tend to find these as well but just lump them in as alboviolaceus. it's easy to kind of lump corts into groups because most aren't edible or at least not known to be and they're not always the most exciting mushroom out there.
  10. Good call Dave, plus L.Ochropurpurea seems as though it is a warmer weather mushroom.....fruits in the 70 to 80 degree temperature range.....at least that's the window I tend to find it, along with the deceivers. I couldn't tell you if this was edible as it's not very common for us up here and I generally tend to avoid anything growing in that much sand as it will inevitably pick up quite a bit of grit in the flesh. Still a pretty cool find, not an everyday mushroom for sure.
  11. I'm in agreement with Dave over G.Sessile. I believe G.Sessile, Tsugae, and Lucidum are all considered to have fairly relative medicinal properties and purpose. I honestly don't know much about curtsii but I'd assume that's lumped in with that category as well. I personally believe G.Applanatum to be the superior medicinal ganoderma, however.
  12. Second hericium species find of the year for me. Fairly decent bear's head tooth haul. Unfortunately, the least desirable hericium from a culinary stand point, bit hard to work with, lots of clean up. Though, I only speak from second hand information, as this is my first h.americanum find. I'm not complaining though, we will happily consume these for dinner.
  13. Tricholoma confuses the heck out of me. Dave, is white matsutake an armillaria or a tricholoma? Or was it tricholoma then placed into armillaria? Or vice versa....? I haven't found white matsutake in yeeeeeeeeeears. As evidenced by my confusing a hypomyces amanita for it months before white matsutake even occurs earlier this season. I need to start using field guides again.
  14. Some of those Entoloma's are a worry when picking sweetbreads.......I've never considered the possibility to resemble other mushrooms as well. Thanks for pointing that out Dave, because I have def. seen at least Livid Entoloma's with a purple/grey hue........ The pink spore print of these Entoloma's are the best reason why you shouldn't even bother with sweetbreads.......and I should head my own advice. I can also see bi-colors being a bit confusing with the blewit's that have taken on a brownish cap surface....the gills on bi-color are white though right?
  15. Dave, the real greyish ones could be alboviolaceus or infractus....but they look like one of the super rare NA corts known as c.caesiocanescens.......can look remarkably similar to alboviolaceus but it generally doesn't get so lightly colored when aged......tends to stay kind of medium to dark grey. Alboviolaceus usually has a fairly pronounced bulbous shape at the butt of the stipe even above ground too.....but not always. Microscopic features could help. If you lived in New Zealand/Australia an ID would probably be easier....they have lots of grey corts and people seem to know about them. I You should fire up the microscope on those bad boys if possible. As far as C.Violaceus, there's mixed opinions about it's quality as an edible, but the ones I find up here are yummy. It's quite similar in flavor and texture to old man of the woods and sullius spraigus/pictus....perhaps a little more "mushroomy" tasting. This mushroom seems rare but I can find good numbers of it.....usually two or so weeks after a good rain but during a dry period......during those times when you tend to not be out looking for mushrooms because of a lack of rain. It's also much tastier when dried and rehydrated.
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