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Pleurotus Ostreatus?

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Found on dead box elder in SE Wisconsin today (early spring, first of the mushrooms here along with Dryad’s Saddle). 

It tasted and smelled like “mushroom” but tasted raw and the texture was cold and a bit slimy. 

Are there any Oyster look alikes that are toxic? 

I was reading about the Lentinellus genus, which look somewhat similar but seem to have enough distinct characteristics (jagged edges on gills, little or no stem on some species). 








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I agree, Pleurotus ostreatus. During spring another species that's common in my area is P. populinus. This species is virtually identical to P. ostreatus, except it grows on poplar wood and has larger spores. As edibles, there is no difference in quality. The ones seen here look to be a bit rain-soaked. So, the may require a little extra cooking time to reduce the moisture content. 

Correct about the jagged gill edges of Lentinellus mushrooms. Also, these types mostly have a very unpleasant acrid/peppery taste. 

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