Ringless Honey Mushrooms on Cedar?

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October 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm #93169

Lilion

Driving home today I found these in my neighbors yard. I’m 99.9% sure they are ringless honey mushrooms. My .1% is that they ore nowhere near a hardwood tree. They’re growing surrounding a cedar. Has anyone come across this? Are they still good to eat?  photo 20161018_183915_zpsdz6eyb8e.jpg

October 18, 2016 at 9:20 pm #93170

Lilion

A couple more photos.

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October 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm #93171

Lilion

I should mention that the gills are cream and stem white they bruise a brownish color. The color of my photos were affected by the light when the photo was taken. They aren’t orangeish at all.

October 18, 2016 at 10:33 pm #93172

Jean Marie

Look like ringless honeys to me.

October 19, 2016 at 7:56 am #93173

JasonL

ditto on that ID…that tree is in trouble

October 19, 2016 at 10:23 am #93174

Lilion

I told the neighbor to pull them up if we didn’t. But anyone know if growing on the cedar effects the taste? I’ve never even tried them, but we love mushrooms and I’d heard these were pretty good.

Here’s some more photos.
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October 19, 2016 at 10:44 am #93175

Jean Marie

It would be hard to say imo exactly what tree or trees the mushroom is associated with. Honey fungus is know as the “humungous fungus” because it’s mycelium covers a very large area. As to whether or not you should eat them, try a little bit, don’t over do it. After a few hrs or if you wanted to wait a day, suffer no ill effects, I would say they are good. Be careful though and make sure you cook them well. Imo ringed honeys are a lot tastier. I find ringless to be bitter sometimes and needs to be parboiled to remove the bitterness. Good luck!

October 19, 2016 at 11:09 am #93176

Lilion

Thanks. I’m pretty sure that these are growing on that cedar because it’s literally the only tree in that neighbors yard. Big, old and lovely — pity it’s probably not long for this world. The next nearest tree is an oak is on the other side of the paved street and probably 50+ feet away.

A friend recently got a bunch and just dried them without trying them first to toss in stews this winter. I’m not that brave – or foolish – as to cook something up for my family without ever trying it first. Why go to all that trouble and then not like it (at best!) when you can cook some first? So I think I’ll go ahead and pick these tonight, parboil to be sure, and sauté some up before I do the whole lot for the freezer.

Thanks for the input.

October 19, 2016 at 1:38 pm #93177

Jack

Honeys are an excellent mushroom to de-hydrate. I de-hydrate all I find. I use them in Fried Rice , Chop Suey and lots of other dishes.

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October 19, 2016 at 1:41 pm #93178

Lilion

Nice! I don’t have a good enough dehydrator. I’m going to have to get another one soon.

As to THESE particular honeys – Any problem with them growing off cedar? I know you can’t eat chicken of the woods off cedar. How about honeys? Are they okay to eat? Anyone know?

October 19, 2016 at 2:07 pm #93179

Jack

I’ve eaten A. mellea off pine with no ill effect. I never find any ringless Honeys in my area. Here’s Wild Mushroom Chop Suey, on my best China…..LOL It contains Lobsters, Hericium americanum, Hens and Honeys.
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October 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm #93180

Lilion

Thanks Jack. I sent an email to the naturalist at our Dept. of Conservation, but I’m not going to leave them much longer if she doesn’t answer, I’ll just give it a go.

That looks like an awesome meal!

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