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I found these on a stump in the woodpile at our new home. It may be an oak tree, but since it’s an old stump it’s difficult for me to tell. (The pine needles on the mushrooms are from the trees growing next to the stump.) I spent a lot of time sending photos to others of the attached mushrooms for help identifying. Everyone agreed they appeared to be turkey tail, so I felt confident harvesting. Once I began flipping them over I noticed that many of the mushrooms have orange specks in the pores of the undersides. Is this common on turkey tails or does this mean they are another type of mushroom? There were multiple clusters on the same stump and while I assumed they were all turkey tail I now wonder if some were a similar but different variety.
I'm a new member and I have been a lover of mushrooms of all types for many years. When I was a kid my favorite book was Welcome To The Mushroom Planet by Elanor Cameron. Happy to be among all you wild mushroom lovers. I recently purchased a pound of Turkey Tails on ebay. On receiving them I was surprised to find the undersides brown instead of white to beige. When I contacted the seller he replied that his supplier assures that they are real Turkeys and that they are brown on the bottom because they are dried in an oven. Also wondering if the grey color of some of them points to false Turkey Tail. I've just started collecting fresh ones myself in a nearby woods. Bought these thinking it would be good to have a secondary source over the cold and snowy months. It was a decent deal but I'm wondering if I should return these. Is this a Turkey Tale or not?
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