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NOLA/Northshore area here. Pearl River protected zone had TONS of chantys last Summer/early Fall...as in too many for three people. City Park has them too but everyone in NOLA usually snatches them up fast. Anyone know about oysters (and morels too... but seems everyone has already asked). Pretty new to the mushroom game but def interested in learning more.
 

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Seems I'm the only wild mushroom forager here in South Louisiana!! Someone please prove me wrong!! Lol
I'm sure there are a few people but man it would be great to share the excitement with some like minded people!!
Just thought I'd give a shout out. The name is Daniel
Hey Daniel. I am just finding this site and thread, a year late. Lol. I am in SWLA and love wild mushrooms. I have been harvesting a few every other day in my yard, boullette, I believe. Very yummy. I think I brought them when I bought some hay bales to garden in. I haven't seen any morels here yet, but quite a few others that are edible. My name is Michael (not Michelle, yes, I'm a lady). It would be great to get to know some other enthusiasts. I have been studying and have decided that this summer I am putting a second shed in to grow my own oysters and shitakes. The chefs at two of our local restaurants have said that if I do, they will buy from me. I've been so excited I can hardly wait to get started. Anyway, just didn't want you to think you were all alone in the hunt and that its nice to know I have kindred spirits close.
 

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Hey Daniel. I am just finding this site and thread, a year late. Lol. I am in SWLA and love wild mushrooms. I have been harvesting a few every other day in my yard, boullette, I believe. Very yummy. I think I brought them when I bought some hay bales to garden in. I haven't seen any morels here yet, but quite a few others that are edible. My name is Michael (not Michelle, yes, I'm a lady). It would be great to get to know some other enthusiasts. I have been studying and have decided that this summer I am putting a second shed in to grow my own oysters and shitakes. The chefs at two of our local restaurants have said that if I do, they will buy from me. I've been so excited I can hardly wait to get started. Anyway, just didn't want you to think you were all alone in the hunt and that its nice to know I have kindred spirits close.
What part of SW Louisiana? I used to live in Merryville. My husband has kin folk in Lake Charles, Ragley, Singer, Sulphur, & Moss Bluff. We used to own a race horse training facility in Toomey. I found chanterelles for the first time in La ( found them before in Arkansas) at my aunts & uncles in Ragley last year. Haven’t found any morels there though. Good luck with your oyster & shitake business!
 

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Hey Daniel. I am just finding this site and thread, a year late. Lol. I am in SWLA and love wild mushrooms. I have been harvesting a few every other day in my yard, boullette, I believe. Very yummy. I think I brought them when I bought some hay bales to garden in. I haven't seen any morels here yet, but quite a few others that are edible. My name is Michael (not Michelle, yes, I'm a lady). It would be great to get to know some other enthusiasts. I have been studying and have decided that this summer I am putting a second shed in to grow my own oysters and shitakes. The chefs at two of our local restaurants have said that if I do, they will buy from me. I've been so excited I can hardly wait to get started. Anyway, just didn't want you to think you were all alone in the hunt and that its nice to know I have kindred spirits close.
Hello “Micheal” :)
I figured there were at least a few people here taking advantage of what our great state has to offer. Nice to meet you.
Yeah I still have chantys at this time of the year from the previous. So many different ways to enjoy them.
I tried to grow some wine caps and almond agaricus last year with no luck. My environment wasn’t ideal. Shitaki are going to be my next experiment. Not anytime soon though, newborn keeping me busy. Any hoot ...... I’ve gained lots of knowledge from some great folks on wildmushroomhunting.org, check us out. Endless amount of free knowledge. I’m Cajunshroomer there as well
 

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Greensong, I’ve found some really interesting species in the past and was wondering who and where would I be able to share that with in the future?
I actually mailed spores to someone in PA last year and started a national IDing session lol. I believe it was someone in CA who nailed it down to species. I’m not a very scientific guy but would love to learn more about taxonomy and so on
 

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Greensong, I’ve found some really interesting species in the past and was wondering who and where would I be able to share that with in the future?
I actually mailed spores to someone in PA last year and started a national IDing session lol. I believe it was someone in CA who nailed it down to species. I’m not a very scientific guy but would love to learn more about taxonomy and so on
Hey y'all. I'm in WAY south Louisiana and was wondering when the harvest season is here. I'm from Alabama originally, but have been "down as bayou for a few yrs now. Just getting back into huntin fungi after probably 20 yrs. what species grows in the Deep South? Would appreciate any info. Thanks, David.
 

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Hey y'all. I'm in WAY south Louisiana and was wondering when the harvest season is here. I'm from Alabama originally, but have been "down as bayou for a few yrs now. Just getting back into huntin fungi after probably 20 yrs. what species grows in the Deep South? Would appreciate any info. Thanks, David.
That's supposed to read "down da bayou".
 

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Hey y'all. I'm in WAY south Louisiana and was wondering when the harvest season is here. I'm from Alabama originally, but have been "down as bayou for a few yrs now. Just getting back into huntin fungi after probably 20 yrs. what species grows in the Deep South? Would appreciate any info. Thanks, David.
Not much edible mushrooms to be found in my area in spring. Usually starting early May we get some decent edibles...... Lactarius, canterelles(chantys) Pleurotus(oysters), boletes
 

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Not much edible mushrooms to be found in my area in spring. Usually starting early May we get some decent edibles...... Lactarius, canterelles(chantys) Pleurotus(oysters), boletes
So I guess I'm really outta luck as I'm further south than you. (Houma). All I saw on my outing last week was a couple of amanitas. ☠ Yeehaa was hoping for some hens n chicks, but I guess it's too hot here. I'll try again in the fall I guess. lol
 

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So I guess I'm really outta luck as I'm further south than you. (Houma). All I saw on my outing last week was a couple of amanitas. ☠ Yeehaa was hoping for some hens n chicks, but I guess it's too hot here. I'll try again in the fall I guess. lol
I’ve only been studying and harvesting edibles for the past 5 years and have yet to find (grifola) hens. On the other hand, plenty of Laetiporus(chickens) to be found. As most mushrooms, you have to be at the right place at the right time. All my finds were associated with either Live Oak or White oaks
Usually they start showing themselves in September and fruit through December-January depending on temps.
Another species to look out for during winter months are Hericium (lions mane). They prefer hardwood as a host. My finds were associated with White oak and water oak. Also, there are the famous Honey mushrooms(Armillaria). It took me three years of researching this species before becoming confident enough to harvest for the table. There are a few look alikes that can be deadly poisonous.
I’m sure there are plenty more edibles but I only stick with the ones easily identified, study them and possible look alikes for at least a year before consuming. I add maybe one or two species a year to the list.
 

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Hi,
Im so glad I found this forum! I’m a complete newbie and have no clue where to start. I wanted to start foraging so my daughters (ages 16,11,& 2) could have something to do without electronics. We live in Slidell Louisiana. Any tips, hints, tricks, or books would be greatly appreciate!
Thanks so much,
Faith
 

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Hi,
Im so glad I found this forum! I’m a complete newbie and have no clue where to start. I wanted to start foraging so my daughters (ages 16,11,& 2) could have something to do without electronics. We live in Slidell Louisiana. Any tips, hints, tricks, or books would be greatly appreciate!
Thanks so much,
Faith
I started off by choosing a few edibles that are very easily identifiable. Research as much as you can about potentially toxic look alikes. The web is a great source Many mushroom pages to choose from. Books...... also many to choose from. Be sure to try and purchase books that are specific to the south. There are thousands of different species and many are particular to certain regions.
I also belong to a community where we share our finds and help each other ID mushrooms. Check us out ...
wild mushroom hunting.org
 

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I’ve only been studying and harvesting edibles for the past 5 years and have yet to find (grifola) hens. On the other hand, plenty of Laetiporus(chickens) to be found. As most mushrooms, you have to be at the right place at the right time. All my finds were associated with either Live Oak or White oaks
Usually they start showing themselves in September and fruit through December-January depending on temps.
Another species to look out for during winter months are Hericium (lions mane). They prefer hardwood as a host. My finds were associated with White oak and water oak. Also, there are the famous Honey mushrooms(Armillaria). It took me three years of researching this species before becoming confident enough to harvest for the table. There are a few look alikes that can be deadly poisonous.
I’m sure there are plenty more edibles but I only stick with the ones easily identified, study them and possible look alikes for at least a year before consuming. I add maybe one or two species a year to the list.
Thanks for the hints/help. The only genus I'm somewhat familiar with were the death caps as they're plentiful. I live and hunt close to very swampy areas and not too familiar with what grows here. Will be a while before I'm confident enough to consume my finds. I enjoy just getting out there. I share the area with quite a few cotton mouths!! lol y'all be safe and good hunting.
 

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Seems I'm the only wild mushroom forager here in South Louisiana!! Someone please prove me wrong!! Lol
I'm sure there are a few people but man it would be great to share the excitement with some like minded people!!
Just thought I'd give a shout out. The name is Daniel
Hi Daniel I am from Southwest Louisiana and interested in hunting for mushrooms. I am in the lake Charles area and my uncle is too old and unhealthy to show me what to look for. I don't know for sure what is poisonous are not i just know you have to find them on dead Willow trees. Any help with maybe a picture would be great and very helpful.
 

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Seems I'm the only wild mushroom forager here in South Louisiana!! Someone please prove me wrong!! Lol
I'm sure there are a few people but man it would be great to share the excitement with some like minded people!!
Just thought I'd give a shout out. The name is Daniel
Hey Daniel I am from Southwest Louisiana and interested in hunting mushrooms. I know you find them on dead Willow trees. Any help/advise and a couple pics would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Here’s a couple pictures of some winter oysters I found this past January. I highly suggest you do some serious research before diciding in eating wild mushrooms. Purchase a few guides and so on. The web is a great place to search mushrooms
 

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Hi,
Im so glad I found this forum! I’m a complete newbie and have no clue where to start. I wanted to start foraging so my daughters (ages 16,11,& 2) could have something to do without electronics. We live in Slidell Louisiana. Any tips, hints, tricks, or books would be greatly appreciate!
Thanks so much,
Faith
I live close to slidell and I'd say study up a little bit on golden chanterelle mushrooms...easy to find and little risk because as far as i know the look alikes wont kill you
 
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