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Isn't this a beautiful specimen of turkey tail? Found it while I was in Florida. When I first found them they were dried out, then I came back the next day after it had rained and they perked back up. I have noticed that turkey tail has little to no smell when dry but when they are wet they have a pretty distinct smell.
Walking the dog yesterday, I noticed these on an Ash tree that fell (I'd guess) about a year or two ago. Though they don't look exactly the same as those I've found in the past, perhaps because these are just older, I still believe them to be Turkey Tails. Please correct me if I'm wrong! I know they're prized more for their medicinal value but I actually like their "mushroomy" flavor and am considering trying to use them to make soup. On the opposite side of the tree were these I've never seen before but think may be a type of Oyster Mushroom? Sorry. I forgot to include anything in the photos to indicate the scale but they're very small. The one in the close up shot showing the gills is less than 2" across. Cap shapes: convex Cap edge: wavy/toothed Cap surface/texture: smooth, dry Mushrooms with gills under the cap Color: tan/ beige, Darker on top Color when cut: no change Spore Print Color: none yet Odor/Smell: None. I detected no scent of shellfish, ocean or anything else Winter, December 8, Temperatures in 40s, rained yesterday Growing in small clusters directly out of fallen Ash tree trunk Habitat: back yard/ forest North-eastern Ohio (Cuyahoga County) Are these Oysters? If so, any idea what type? I believe what John Smalldridge suggested in another recent Oyster post, "oysters in winter ..tend to dry up quickly and are subject to freeze/thaw cycle" , might apply to these. My hunch is that these are a bit older than ideal but, assuming they are Oysters, are they still edible? Are older ones simply stronger tasting or do they become bitter or even inedible? Thanks for any help