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Amanita Muscaria or Fly Agaric Mushroom

Where the idea of being "both poisonous and edible" is explored.
The guy seems to know his stuff about them. Apparently, they are also involved in the origin story of the "Berserkers", some Viking types who were surrounded and outnumbered by an enemy and due to be slaughtered the next morning. They cooked up a big pot of amanita muscaria soup, ate it, stripped off all their clothes, grabbed their swords and axes and came out swinging!
 

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I found some beauties on my bike ride today. But I'm having trouble identifying them.
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I'm not sure if this is a piece of plastic, or a marker for a pipe or something, but I found three of them while I was on my ride.

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I'm hoping these are honeys (white gills) but the sample I took for a spore print didn't give me anything. Too young?

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Thanks to the prior posts in this thread, I realized what this one was. Not enough to try to eat it though :D
 

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Discussion Starter · #29 ·
Central OH--Franklin County
Delights from today's trip into the woods: Maitake or Hen of the Woods, Chicken of the Woods & abortive enteloma or Shrimp of the Woods, as some call them.

😎 😎
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I returned to the Oak around which I videoed the 10 Maitake in post #15 above 4 days earlier, to find that someone else found that tree too, and harvested all of the Maitake, HA!!

While I had imagined a video redo, there were still plenty of maitake left in the woods. . . and I only needed one for a dinner.

Happy Fall Mushroom Hunting Everyone! 😎 🌞 🍷
 

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Central OH - Franklin County

Lions mane today and in the same place I've been finding it for 8 years in a row now!!

Below on the cutting board getting sliced for the dehydrator are 2 of the 3 varieties of Lions Mane: Hereciun Erinaceus on the left and Herecium Americanum on the right.

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Happy Fall mushroom Hunting! 😎 🌞
 

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These Shitake logs that fruited so well (below) in early August -- I decided they rested long enough . . .


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I soaked them (below pic) for 24 hours and today smacked the ends with a sledge hammer about 4 times each. In 6-7 days or so, I hope to post a new picture of lots of Shitake mushrooms waiting to pick.


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Hey . . . great Fall Mushroom Hunting Adventures to each of You!! 😎 🌞
 

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Yesterday, Saturday, I found these BABIES in the woods.
😎I just finally found a baby in Southern Illinois. Should be great in another week! Seem a little late.


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Maitake or "Hen of the Woods" just beginning to grow here in Central OH. The Fall "Good Times" are about to roll.

Happy Times in the Woods to everyone!! 😎
 

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Lions mane today and in the same place I've been finding it for 8 years in a row now!!

Below on the cutting board getting sliced for the dehydrator are 2 of the 3 varieties of Lions Mane: Hereciun Erinaceus on the left and Herecium Americanum on the right.

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Happy Fall mushroom Hunting! 😎 🌞
Congrats!! So jealous as I can't seem to find them anywhere here in SW Ohio.
 

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ButlerMushMan - I hear you. Until "Old Faithful" came through, I hadn't found any yet this year in several other woods where I frequently find them. For me they are almost always on dead trees lying on the ground.

"Old faithful" is along the Scioto River in an area with high banks along both sides. As such, each night through late summer into fall, it gets a daily wash of moisture/fog/dew that helps the downed tree trunks hold the moisture from whatever rains do feed it.

That said, for many years, even before finding "Old Faithful", I'd find Lions mane in mature woods with under story thickets of, Paw Paw, for example.

The going would be rough, at times, busting through and you couldn't see them from 60 yards away, like the delight of open woods, but the added protection from wind and sunlight penetration would enable the moisture to linger in downed tree trunks and nourish the Lions Mane.

I would purposefully walk up to each downed tree and look at both sides - even finding them at or just in the opening of hollow downed trees on occasion. Most frequently though they'd be hanging off the lower half or bottom of the dead tree trunks.

Happy hunting everyone!! 😎
 

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Cultivated Back Yard Shiitake Mushrooms

Today -- I decided it's time to harvest the few Shiitake Mushrooms from my logs which I soaked and shocked with a sledgehammer 15 days ago, see post # 35 above.



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These above are on a log which I took down into the basement when the weather turned freezIng at nights. Several days later, there is enough for one meal.

Below and left, on the cutting board, are stunted size Shiitake from logs left outside and on right the nice Shitake from the only log I took into the basement where the temps stayed above 63 degrees.

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I left a baby Lions Mane growing when I did my harvest post # 34, 19 days ago. I'm going to return and see if it grew since then.

Happy adventures in the woods, everyone! 😎 🌞
 

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Cultivated Back Yard Shiitake Mushrooms

Today -- I decided it's time to harvest the few Shiitake Mushrooms from my logs which I soaked and shocked with a sledgehammer 15 days ago, see post # 35 above.



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These above are on a log which I took down into the basement when the weather turned freezIng at nights. Several days later, there is enough for one meal.

Below and left, on the cutting board, are stunted size Shiitake from logs left outside and on right the nice Shitake from the only log I took into the basement where the temps stayed above 63 degrees.

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I left a baby Lions Mane growing when I did my harvest post # 34, 19 days ago. I'm going to return and see if it grew since then.

Happy adventures in the woods, everyone! 😎 🌞
SB-Did you use sawdust or plug spawn for your logs? Also, is that an all season strain of Shiitake?
 
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