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Title: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Fl0und3rz on November 10, 2015, 01:32:07 PM
I am a mushroom noob, but I am interested in learning more about the various things that can be foraged.
 

I thought it might be of interest to start a mushroom ID thread, post pics, discuss the variety, when/where they are found, thoughts on whether edible and cautions for lookalikes that may be toxic. 

It probably goes without saying that you should not eat a mushroom unless you are 100% certain that it is not toxic.

There was a recent story about a surge in poison control calls this year due to consumption of toxic varieties of mushrooms.

You alone bear the responsibility for yourself in the consumption of mushrooms you forage.

(If there is an ongoing thread here, please let me know and I'll merge this.)

That said, here is my initial entry.  Found today (11/10/15), under a deciduous tree, after the recent weeks of rain (cap size approx. 6-8 inches in diameter).


Pretty sure it's not this one.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/there-is-a-type-of-fungus-that-can-instantly-induce-orgasms-in-women-with-its-smell-a6687611.html


Thanks, Bango.  Putatively ID'd as poisonous, Amanita Muscaria.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria

Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Bango skank on November 10, 2015, 01:34:19 PM
Those are amanita muscaria.  Do NOT eat
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Special T on November 10, 2015, 02:29:38 PM
There are a couple good reads on this subject. "The wild and savory mushroom" written by a couple uw professors specifically for the PNW.

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Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Bango skank on November 10, 2015, 02:43:38 PM
There are a couple good reads on this subject. "The wild and savory mushroom" written by a couple uw professors specifically for the PNW.

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"Mushrooms demystified" by david aurora is a very good one too.  And anything written by paul stamets is golden.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: trophyhunt on May 23, 2016, 05:46:14 PM
What are these mushrooms?  All over in my yard.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Fl0und3rz on May 23, 2016, 05:54:04 PM
Mine too, just after the recent rains in Western WA.  I always assumed they were magic mushrooms.
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Post by: trophyhunt on May 23, 2016, 05:55:56 PM
Mine too, just after the recent rains in Western WA.  I always assumed they were magic mushrooms.
that is my though as well.
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Post by: jackelope on May 23, 2016, 06:04:01 PM
Good thread. Sticky'd
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Post by: gocougs on May 24, 2016, 04:46:38 PM
[/img] what type of mushroom is the yellow one? Is it editable? Found in Kittitas county in the hills!
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Miles on May 24, 2016, 05:12:26 PM
Here's a couple I came across down here in ca.  Not sure if it's an edible amanita vernicoccora or the death cap... I left it.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: csaaphill on August 22, 2016, 07:44:49 PM
[/img] what type of mushroom is the yellow one? Is it editable? Found in Kittitas county in the hills!
I think it's the cauliflower kind my dad used to get, don't quote.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Fl0und3rz on November 28, 2016, 10:18:39 AM
A no eater here, consensus seems to be.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,205103.0.html


And another thread with some go and no go shrooms and info.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,201979.msg2680584.html#msg2680584


And some good chanterelle pics here.

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,202937.0.html
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Bango skank on November 28, 2016, 11:04:18 AM
What are these mushrooms?  All over in my yard.

Just saw this.  From the pic i think they MIGHT be panaeolus foenisecii.  Cant give a positive id from the pic.  If they are, then they can be very weakly psilocybin active, but not strong enough to bother with as youd have to eat a ton of them.

Edit:  just checked and it seems the ones growing in the pnw are generally not active.  Like the giant laughing gym, gymnopolis something or other, seems theyre weakly active in asia and inactive here.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: -Trap_addicT- on June 07, 2017, 07:10:22 PM
Can anyone ID this mushroom for me? I'm starting to find more and more of them in the northeast corner, especially this time of year. Thanks.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Igottanewknee on June 08, 2017, 04:42:32 PM
I don't know, but if I found it, I'd be $20 richer... :chuckle:
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Woodchuck on September 11, 2017, 09:07:27 AM
Any thoughts on this one?
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Post by: Igottanewknee on September 11, 2017, 01:39:54 PM
Any thoughts on this one?
Chicken of the woods..
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Post by: Milkman on September 11, 2017, 01:46:35 PM
Tag
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Post by: Pegasus on September 11, 2017, 01:59:08 PM
Can anyone ID this mushroom for me? I'm starting to find more and more of them in the northeast corner, especially this time of year. Thanks.

Congrats! You found a money mushroom. Next year it will produce $100 bills. Now you need to find that goose laying those golden eggs...
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Woodchuck on September 11, 2017, 02:02:03 PM
Any thoughts on this one?
Chicken of the woods..
Thank you.  :tup:
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Special T on September 16, 2017, 09:30:54 PM
Any thoughts on this one?
Chicken of the woods..
Thank you.  :tup:

I second.. we picked some while elk hunting. Boiled with water then added to our mountain house eggs and bacon.. great addition
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Special T on September 16, 2017, 09:35:22 PM
Gills, spore and color play a huge role in the family of different mushrooms.

Bolete mushrooms are easy to identify by their his, they look like sponges. All are edible but may not taste great.

This was a staining blue bolete we found. Turns everything blue whenbyou cook it. Look at the undrsid of the cap
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Tinmaniac on September 16, 2017, 09:56:05 PM
What are these mushrooms?  All over in my yard.
Those are not magic mushrooms.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Cap.Silver on September 17, 2017, 03:24:25 AM
TO gocougs : it looks like one of the Ramaria botrytis family ........... but the picture is too blurry ........
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pcal on November 08, 2017, 10:12:14 AM
[/img] what type of mushroom is the yellow one? Is it editable? Found in Kittitas county in the hills!
   Its a spring corals.Good eating but the one shown is a bit old.When found with a purple top and little or no yellow it is choice! PS those morels are really young and fresh.Primo and worth $40#+ at the top end markets.Those should be your target and if you find a good springer that isn't too dirty,fry it up with butter and have it with steaks.Don't over do it as the yellow ones can make some people loose as a goose.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: AL WORRELLS KID on March 08, 2018, 01:17:27 PM
I try to stay away from this Mushroom......some of the others are are almost as deadly in there own way.
Doug
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Skyvalhunter on March 08, 2018, 02:19:07 PM
You don't know what you are missing out on Lil Al there is nothing like a good fried up True Morel
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Post by: JimmyHoffa on March 08, 2018, 02:21:37 PM
the clown face is great
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: -Trap_addicT- on May 20, 2018, 02:07:03 PM
Any idea what this mushroom is and if it is edible?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Jake Dogfish on May 20, 2018, 02:14:11 PM
“Oyster”  :tup:
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: -Trap_addicT- on May 21, 2018, 03:28:01 AM
“Oyster”  :tup:
Thank you. FYI... I figured out that it is Pleurotus Populinus. It and Pleurotus Pulmonarius are edible and common in the Pacific Northwest. These two species are basically the same as Pleurotus Ostreatus which is found worldwide. All three are edible.

A couple links to help ID this species...

Pleurotus Populinus: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleurotus_populinus

Pleurotus Pulmonarius: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleurotus_pulmonarius

I had already thrown this one out by the time I identified, but it says that it will continue to grow in the same location for 2-4 years. I’ll be back next year I guess.

Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 21, 2018, 05:57:28 AM
[/img] what type of mushroom is the yellow one? Is it editable? Found in Kittitas county in the hills!
I think it's the cauliflower kind my dad used to get, don't quote.
It's a coral and you can clearly see how it gets its name. Most corals are edible but the yellow have given me some gastric distress. I may have undercooked it but I doubt it.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 21, 2018, 06:04:04 AM
Here's a couple I came across down here in ca.  Not sure if it's an edible amanita vernicoccora or the death cap... I left it.

This looks a bit like coccora but you'd need to get a good guide to match up where and when you found it, the spore print, and the visual characteristics. Remember - every mushroom is edible...some only once. No free mushroom is worth organ damage or death.

I recommend Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora. This is an extensive study and the "Bible" for most mycologists. His field guide, All That The Rain Brings and, More, contains brilliant photos of the most common edible mushrooms.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 21, 2018, 06:07:42 AM
Any thoughts on this one?

I concur with Chicken of the Woods. This looks like a dry specimen. When harvesting Chicken, the "shelves" should be moist and spongy. The dryer ones are tough and usually taste piney.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Fl0und3rz on May 21, 2018, 07:54:17 AM
Glad to see you in here and the book recommendations.  Thanks.

Got any general books for plant ID in PNW?  Edible, non-edible, trees, shrubs, grasses, etc.  I know next to nothing.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 21, 2018, 08:18:01 AM
Discovering Wild Plants (PNW) by Janice Schofield is the most comprehensive all-around book on wild edibles I know of.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Fl0und3rz on May 21, 2018, 09:10:05 AM
Thanks.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Birdgetter on April 11, 2019, 10:08:30 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190411/ac956ae479b6a052b4edfb4e19df0937.jpg)
Anybody know what these are? Found them a while back.


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Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Bango skank on April 11, 2019, 10:18:58 AM
Look like they could be gnarly old galerinas.  Deadly.  Id have to see them in person to be sure
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: LDennis24 on April 18, 2019, 09:54:01 AM
Got an old pic somewhere of Chicken of the woods growing forty feet up a tree on the 88 road out of Trout Lake. It must have had 50# on the one tree. It was gorgeous! We didn't pick a single one. Looked too pretty... Lol
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 18, 2019, 09:55:59 AM
Got an old pic somewhere of Chicken of the woods growing forty feet up a tree on the 88 road out of Trout Lake. It must have had 50# on the one tree. It was gorgeous! We didn't pick a single one. Looked too pretty... Lol
Interesting. We found a tree near the 88 rd. - same thing. Probably 20 years ago. There's a lot of chicken up there.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: NOCK NOCK on May 17, 2019, 10:20:20 PM
Found these today growing on a downed tree, Anybody know what they are?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pcal on May 17, 2019, 10:57:00 PM
Found these today growing on a downed tree, Anybody know what they are?
A type of oyster mushroom.Choice and available at most grocery stores.Usually sold for $10#.One warning:don't eat if growing on hemlock fir.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Norman89 on May 27, 2019, 09:15:54 PM
Pile of corals found last August around 3000 feet in old growth forest. Near 10lbs we picked reds, orange, brown, yellow and white. Delicious on top of steak sauteed in butter! Deep earthy flavor
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Post by: Boss .300 winmag on September 03, 2019, 06:19:48 PM
Saw some goats beard yesterday, thought it was a little early but we did have a wetter summer. :dunno:
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Post by: quackkiller on September 21, 2019, 01:18:31 PM
Any thoughts?
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Post by: NOCK NOCK on September 22, 2019, 03:52:24 PM
Heres a couple more.
1st two pics of white ones were huge, bigger than a paper plate. 2nd two I believe are the same variety but different growth stage.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Angry Perch on September 23, 2019, 12:31:11 PM
Any thoughts?

Any pictures of the underside of those?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on September 23, 2019, 01:00:38 PM
I agree with amanita on the whites. The yellow ones - I have no idea. Eat 'em and let us know how you feel tomorrow! No don't. Kidding.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Bango skank on September 23, 2019, 01:06:32 PM
Without seeing them in person its hard to say, but this was my thought on the yellow ones.  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armillaria

Looks like theyre white spored, yes?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: quackkiller on September 23, 2019, 02:44:45 PM
Sorry I thought I posted all of the pics here they are
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Post by: Angry Perch on September 23, 2019, 02:47:02 PM
Sorry I thought I posted all of the pics here they are

No pics
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Post by: quackkiller on September 23, 2019, 02:48:16 PM
Should be good now! :chuckle:
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Post by: Angry Perch on September 23, 2019, 02:51:26 PM
Should be good now! :chuckle:

Looks like pores/ tubes and not gills. Id'd say some type of boletus, like maybe a slippery jack. I slice them and dehydrate, then grind an coat steaks/ roasts.

*** Do not take my internet ID as license to eat them, as I can't be sure***
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Jake Dogfish on September 23, 2019, 04:16:59 PM
Yellow ones are Hypholoma fasciculare.
Last one is a sullius species, aka slippery jack.
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Post by: CP on October 05, 2019, 04:23:41 PM
Some type of bolete, but which one?  I bruised an area and it didn't turn blue.


Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Special T on October 05, 2019, 06:36:37 PM
Found at sea level in leaf litter. Also found by were some Shaggy Parasol which were delicious. The stem looked hairy. There were a ton of them. I'm going to try and look them up but figured I would post in the thread(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191006/528464a780e7d4a626a44e1c5dd0ed49.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191006/63a1df43624fcae8b8ce638c87ee6568.jpg)

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Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: CP on October 06, 2019, 09:03:23 AM
Matsutake?
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Post by: jmscon on October 06, 2019, 09:06:33 AM
Does it smell like cinnamon?
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Post by: CP on October 06, 2019, 09:12:38 AM
Does it smell like cinnamon?

No, not really much of a smell at all.

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Post by: Bigshooter on October 06, 2019, 10:41:05 AM
Does it smell like cinnamon?

No, not really much of a smell at all.

Probably not a Matsutake then.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on October 06, 2019, 03:02:55 PM
proper ID of matsutake is particularly important as most of the look-alikes will kill you. Whenever you read an article of an Asian family dying from eating poisonous mushrooms, they thought they were matsutake and were not.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Limhangerslayer on October 06, 2019, 04:05:50 PM
How about these? Found on the side of the road in the Little Naches
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Post by: Bigshooter on October 06, 2019, 04:56:19 PM
How about these? Found on the side of the road in the Little Naches
Jack o-lanterns.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Goldeneye on October 08, 2019, 10:13:56 AM
Looking for ID confirmation.   Is this chicken of the woods?
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Post by: pianoman9701 on October 08, 2019, 10:24:22 AM
Yes, nice chunk, too.
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Post by: Goldeneye on October 08, 2019, 10:26:50 AM
Yes, nice chunk, too.

I'm in the woods until Saturday.   Would it be advisable to wait to pick so I get it home in the best possible shape?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Bigshooter on October 08, 2019, 10:38:46 AM
Yes, nice chunk, too.

I'm in the woods until Saturday.   Would it be advisable to wait to pick so I get it home in the best possible shape?
Looks old to me.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on October 08, 2019, 10:46:42 AM
Yes, nice chunk, too.

I'm in the woods until Saturday.   Would it be advisable to wait to pick so I get it home in the best possible shape?
Looks old to me.

Kind of hard to tell from a picture. It is moist and tender to touch? Try some of the inside leaves, too.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Goldeneye on October 10, 2019, 11:32:32 AM
This one looks different than the chicken of the woods I found.   It's growing out of the ground, not an old stump like the other one.   Any idea?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on October 10, 2019, 11:44:05 AM
it's chicken. There may be some moist ones in there but it looks "mature".
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: jrebel on October 10, 2019, 12:39:14 PM
I found my first chicken of the woods this elk season and was not impressed.  Maybe I didn't cook it the right way, but it was tasteless and had a bitter aftertaste.  Texture was ver similar to chicken....i.e. the name, but flavor was offputting.  They are safe in my neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on October 10, 2019, 12:45:42 PM
I found my first chicken of the woods this elk season and was not impressed.  Maybe I didn't cook it the right way, but it was tasteless and had a bitter aftertaste.  Texture was ver similar to chicken....i.e. the name, but flavor was offputting.  They are safe in my neck of the woods.

It takes a while to figure out which are edible and not. The tender moist leaves that don't break when you bend them and are heavy with water will be tender after cooking. And when you get some of the good ones and saute them in strips with olive oil, butter, and garlic, you'll be amazed how much they taste like chicken breast. Usually, not always, but usually the more tender specimens are lighter in color, like yellow to pinkish orange. And sometimes you'll find a cluster with a lot of dry "leaves", but there will be tender ones in among them.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Bigshooter on October 10, 2019, 01:19:19 PM
I found my first chicken of the woods this elk season and was not impressed.  Maybe I didn't cook it the right way, but it was tasteless and had a bitter aftertaste.  Texture was ver similar to chicken....i.e. the name, but flavor was offputting.  They are safe in my neck of the woods.

It reminds me of tofu. 
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: LDennis24 on October 10, 2019, 09:13:12 PM
I've heard you can slice the parts off that are ready and it will continue to grow and produce longer without damaging the culture. Don't know if its true or not.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on October 11, 2019, 09:40:12 AM
I've heard you can slice the parts off that are ready and it will continue to grow and produce longer without damaging the culture. Don't know if its true or not.

I find it on the same wood, year after year. Whether or not it grows back during the same season, I don't know. I always cut it off.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: lokidog on October 16, 2019, 06:52:11 PM
Found this one today, Yellow Pholiota maybe?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: HellsBelle on February 26, 2020, 08:26:54 PM
Ok... No pictures, but I'm real good at finding chanterelle, and I would easily recognize morelle if I found then, but I'm not sure where to look.. I'm in Western Was, and I heard cottonwood was a good place to look, they grow all along the river nearby, and I've not found a thing.. any advice greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Buckhunter24 on February 26, 2020, 08:38:45 PM
Im far from a mushroom hound, but yes hardwood stands are a good spot for morels. Freshly disturbed soil, like cutbanks above roads have morels sometimes. Burns are great but youd have to drive a ways for that. Chantrelles I always seem to find in mostly closed canopy conifer stands.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: HellsBelle on February 26, 2020, 08:44:27 PM
Thanks... We have a ton of chanterelle growing on state land above us , but yeah, I've been along the river, and under the cottonwood with no luck.. still going to look this year.. hoping for better luck.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: CastleRocker on February 26, 2020, 09:27:39 PM
Morels are a springtime mushroom.  We usually go out when the Spring Chinook hit the Cowlitz.  (At least that time of year...can't depend on the fish anymore).  I don't know if there is a habitat for Morels.  We've got them high up in the Pine trees in Idaho, and Eastern Washington, but we've done real well on the islands in the Columbia too.  In fact, I've eaten more Morels and Springer than any other combination.  Need a week of rain, and three days of sun in mid March.  "They are everywhere, and impossible to find" is the quote I always think about when hunting them.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: MR5x5 on February 26, 2020, 09:55:24 PM
Mushroom ID reference (in case it hasn't been posted for awhile)

http://www.alpental.com/psms/PNWMushrooms/PictorialKey/index.htm
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: HellsBelle on February 27, 2020, 05:55:47 AM
I thought we were getting close to time for them, I have never looked real seriously for them except by the river and I was told sometimes old orchards too.. A neighbor of ours had a few few just randomly in her yard... So odd. I've seen where you can buy a lot for starting your own, I'm tempted to try that sometime.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on February 27, 2020, 10:08:40 AM
Found this one today, Yellow Pholiota maybe?

Sure looks like it.  :tup:
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on February 27, 2020, 10:21:34 AM
Verpa bohemica/thimble cap morels, are starting. Bring on all the comments about them being dangerous and "false morels". But they aren't. The company I just left sells a few thousand lbs of these each year - never had a problem. Just don't eat too many. You'll have gas and the poops if you do. You'll normally find these along river banks under cottonwoods, usually hiding in the blackberries. You may also find some large blond morels, too.

Bring some rubber gloves to pick stinging nettles, too. They taste a lot like spinach. Rubbed raw on joints with arthritis will irritate for a couple of hours but can give pain relief for 4-6 weeks. Drinking the nettle tea after cooking the plants can improve lung function for people with asthma. Pick them for eating until the tassels on top start to turn brown. The should be a blond color when harvested for food. They can be any color for relief of arthritis pain.

Miner's lettuce, lemon balm, mustard flowers and greens, wild watercress, and wood sorrel are also primo right now. Make sure the watercress isn't hemlock (hemlock has serrated edges instead of smooth), and don't pick it near a pasture because of parasites. Makes a nice salad.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Matth on March 17, 2020, 08:17:55 AM
Verpa bohemica/thimble cap morels, are starting. Bring on all the comments about them being dangerous and "false morels". But they aren't. The company I just left sells a few thousand lbs of these each year - never had a problem. Just don't eat too many. You'll have gas and the poops if you do. You'll normally find these along river banks under cottonwoods, usually hiding in the blackberries. You may also find some large blond morels, too.

Bring some rubber gloves to pick stinging nettles, too. They taste a lot like spinach. Rubbed raw on joints with arthritis will irritate for a couple of hours but can give pain relief for 4-6 weeks. Drinking the nettle tea after cooking the plants can improve lung function for people with asthma. Pick them for eating until the tassels on top start to turn brown. The should be a blond color when harvested for food. They can be any color for relief of arthritis pain.

Found about a dozen yesterday.

Miner's lettuce, lemon balm, mustard flowers and greens, wild watercress, and wood sorrel are also primo right now. Make sure the watercress isn't hemlock (hemlock has serrated edges instead of smooth), and don't pick it near a pasture because of parasites. Makes a nice salad.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Matth on March 19, 2020, 04:49:01 PM
I found some close to Battle Ground.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: frazierw on May 16, 2020, 02:53:42 PM
What do we have here?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on May 17, 2020, 10:17:44 AM
Those appear to be oysters. I can't be sure without verifying.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: kellama2001 on May 19, 2020, 08:31:08 AM
Tagging along, some great info here!
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: luvmystang67 on May 19, 2020, 08:40:36 AM
Cool thread.

Its probably been mentioned on earlier pages, but I keep "All the Rain Promises and More" in my pack at all times.

I've become a better mushroom hunter than big game hunter over the past few years and had some delicious mushroom snacks.

Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: frazierw on June 07, 2020, 01:37:26 PM
What’s this?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Jake Dogfish on June 07, 2020, 02:14:46 PM
Yellow coral.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: WAcoueshunter on November 23, 2020, 11:00:29 AM
Anyone know what this is?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: MR5x5 on November 23, 2020, 12:50:47 PM
PNW Mushroom Identification?  Start here.

http://www.alpental.com/psms/PNWMushrooms/PictorialKey/index.htm
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: anthropisces on November 23, 2020, 03:52:19 PM
Its nothing you can eat.

Making spore prints is so simple you'll wonder why you never did it. Once you know the color of the spores, your job is vastly easier using books to narrow down which species you've got.

Unless I know a mushroom inside and out, I write a paragraph each time in which I discuss toxic look-a-likes (easily google-able) and why I know that the specimen I'm about to eat is not one of those. I also follow other protocols such as eating a small amount and waiting, etc. 

Mushrooms are highly variable and even something as seemingly obvious as a chanterelle can be closely approximated by individuals of other species that I wouldn't want to ingest.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Geoduck Duck Goose on December 17, 2020, 07:41:57 AM
Is it weird that mushroom hunting kinda scares me? Don't get me wrong. I love shrooms. But there are so many different poisonous varieties that are sneakily close to edible ones. Is there a mycologist group that I can contact if I ever do collect that can help me identify?
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: pianoman9701 on December 17, 2020, 12:45:57 PM
Is it weird that mushroom hunting kinda scares me? Don't get me wrong. I love shrooms. But there are so many different poisonous varieties that are sneakily close to edible ones. Is there a mycologist group that I can contact if I ever do collect that can help me identify?

The secret is to get a good field guide AND to pick with someone experienced.
Title: Re: Mushroom ID Thread
Post by: Skyvalhunter on December 17, 2020, 12:56:49 PM
Don't go stuffing your face with even an edible mushroom as some people have a adverse reaction while the next won't. moderation at first. :twocents: