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Hocking County - Hedgehog from Sunday.

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While I found one nice sized Hedgehog, most were smaller, like these below.
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I found 5 groupings of 20-30 Hedgehogs each that were just starting and therefore small. I believe a great Hedgehog focused huntung trip awaits in 4-5 days.

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Hocking County - Hedgehog from Sunday.

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While I found one nice sized Hedgehog, most were smaller, like these below.
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I found 5 groupings of 2-30 Hedgehogs each that were just starting and therefore small. I believe a great Hedgehop focused trip awaits in 4-5 days.

Enjoy some Fall woods time! 馃槑 馃尀
I love the taste of hedgehogs but can never get a good amount of them. Sounds like you scored on a bunch!
 

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cwlake -
Yea, I haven't seen any grifola/Hen of the Woods yet either.
On the hedgehogs -- I never find quantities here in Central OH/Franklin County. So, I'm thinking about doing a return trip to Hocking County to see how those 5 different groups of 30-35 each are progressing growing, in perhaps 5-6 days.
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shroomsearcher - I'm going to keep an eye on what falls in SE OH - Hocking County hoping those Hedge Hog Mushroms I saw Sunday get enough rain to grow further.

On to enjoying/cooking Sunday finds:

Tonight, I decided to do something quick. Biscuits with Bay Bolete & Hedge Hog Mushroom Gravy.

Food Ingredient Wood Cuisine Dish


Sauteeing the 'shrooms . . . and . . . well . . . there's Wine for the Cook and Sherry for the cooking!

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While it was good (below), I'd hoped for something showing up the flavor of the Bay Boletes and Hedge Hogs better. The Half & Half and flour thickening muted the flavor to just satisfying & pleasant.


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If I get more good Bay Boletes and/or more Hedgehogs, I'm going to make Mushroom Soup--a version I made several years ago where I didn't do a cream base but a water base, just moderating the texture with some cream of tatar for slight thickening of the boullion water base. I remembered how well the 'Shroom flavor stood out.

Happy Hunting, All! 馃槑 馃尀
 

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We got some t'storms early Monday AM. Tomorrow will be grass cutting day because it needs it, and they're calling for more rain Wednesday and Thursday. Finally!
shroomsearcher - I'm going to keep an eye on what falls in SE OH - Hocking County hoping those Hedge Hog Mushroms I saw Sunday get enough rain to grow further.

On to enjoying/cooking Sunday finds:

Tonight, I decided to do something quick. Biscuits with Bay Bolete & Hedge Hog Mushroom Gravy.

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Sauteeing the 'shrooms . . . and . . . well . . . there's Wine for the Cook and Sherry for the cooking!

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While it was good (below), I'd hoped for something showing up the flavor of the Bay Boletes and Hedge Hogs better. The Half & Half and flour thickening muted the flavor to just satisfying & pleasant.


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馃槑
If I get more good Bay Boletes and/or more Hedgehogs, I'm going to make Mushroom Soup--a version I made several years ago where I didn't do a cream base but a water base, just moderating the texture with some cream of tatar for slight thickening of the boullion water base. I remembered how well the 'Shroom flavor stood out.

Happy Hunting, All! 馃槑 馃尀
A little corn starch will thicken that as well. On another subject, do the bi-color boletes stain when you touch or wipe the pores? I'm not to the point of confidence on them. What color are the pores?
 

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cwlake Thanks.

Oops - my bad. I meant to say I had used corn starch as my thickener, not cream of tarter. I remember thinking as I wrote it "that's not right" but didn't rethink/change it.

The Boletus bicolor cap underside does turn blue, easily.

From mushroomexpert.com
by Michael Kuo
Charles Peck named this species (1872) Boletus bicolor, the "two-colored bolete," because of its beautiful and starkly contrasting red and yellow colors. The cap and stem, when fresh, are bright red, and the young pore surface is bright yellow. The pore surface bruises blue promptly, but the mushroom's other surfaces usually do not--and the sliced flesh, most of the time, turns blue only faintly and erratically. Other crucial identification features include the proportionally shallow depth of the tube layer, and the fact that the stem is red nearly to the apex. At maturity Boletus bicolor is a medium-sized to large mushroom, which helps to distinguish it from the many similar species with much smaller stature (Boletus harrisonii, Boletus campestris, Xerocomellus rubellus, and others).

Yea!!! The fall woods are beautiful. 馃槑 馃尀
 

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cwlake Thanks.

Oops - my bad. I meant to say I had used corn starch as my thickener, not cream of tarter. I remember thinking as I wrote it "that's not right" but didn't rethink/change it.

The Boletus bicolor cap underside does turn blue, easily.

From mushroomexpert.com
by Michael Kuo
Charles Peck named this species (1872) Boletus bicolor, the "two-colored bolete," because of its beautiful and starkly contrasting red and yellow colors. The cap and stem, when fresh, are bright red, and the young pore surface is bright yellow. The pore surface bruises blue promptly, but the mushroom's other surfaces usually do not--and the sliced flesh, most of the time, turns blue only faintly and erratically. Other crucial identification features include the proportionally shallow depth of the tube layer, and the fact that the stem is red nearly to the apex. At maturity Boletus bicolor is a medium-sized to large mushroom, which helps to distinguish it from the many similar species with much smaller stature (Boletus harrisonii, Boletus campestris, Xerocomellus rubellus, and others).

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The Boletus bicolor cap underside does turn blue, easily.

That is a subject covered in one of the videos from Learn Your Land. It was titled, "If it bruises blue, it's poisonous!" Not necessarily so. Some years ago I found a whole bunch of boletes in a patch of woods off the fairway on a golf course. They were pretty big and easy to see. I went and pulled one up, and it would bruise really blue at the slightest touch! I would find tons of mushrooms there.I'd never try to eat any of them due to the pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides used on golf course, but it is one of the shroomiest places I know!
 

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Central OH - Franklin County

First Hen of the Woods today, Thursday, in Franklin County. 馃槑

Plant Organism Terrestrial plant Trunk Wood


That was the 2nd Hen of the Woods. The first one is this below.

Plant Botany Terrestrial plant Organism Groundcover


I left that to grow, obviously. However the one I took is probably destined for a Maitake & Sweet Potato Hash tomorrow or the next day.

Below are what I brought home: a few Oyster, some Turkey Tail to add to my next batch of medicinal mushroom extract, Maitake or Hen of the Woods and some Abortive Entaloma or Shrimp of the Woods.
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Treat yourself to some adventures in the Woods! 馃槑 馃尀
 

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That Black Trumpet Mushroom Pate I made in 2018 came back to my memory recently and wouldn't leave, ha! So I got out some dried Black Trumpets and made some more.

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Then I ate some spread on various crackers. The smooth puree of the sauteed mushrooms and other ingredients is topped with a fine layer of clarified butter in the ramekin and sage leaves before refrigerating.

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And polished it off this morning for breakfast on a hot biscuit accompanyment. Looks like apple butter - tastes 'shroom yummy!

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Amazing what a few days, a little rain, and a drop in temp can do! Decided to check my "pinkie" spot today. They're just getting started. I have found them in this spot right up until first frost! Found on perfect specimen, no bugs, and took it. There are two maple trees growing there and I looked at the one closest to that mushroom and spotted reishi on it. There were 5 or 6 little sprouts coming out of the trunk, and one big gorgeous specimen growing at the base! I did not take it. I will go back tomorrow with my camera to get a pic to post here, and then take it. I've checked this spot for 5 or 6 years, and I've never seen reishi. I find both pinkies, Agaricus campestris, and horse mushrooms, A. arvensis, in this spot.

Then I went to check another spot where I have found chickens on an oak tree. No hens, but the ringless honeys were absolutely everywhere! And in all stages of growth. Some were shot, and decaying back into the ground. Others were in perfect condition for harvest. So, I want someone to give me the straight skinny on ringless honeys, because I've read, and heard, both sides. They are really good to eat, or just meh! I understand that you only need to bother with the caps, the stems being really tough and stringy. Also, do they dehydrate well. There is an absolute bumper crop there. No way I could use them up in a short time. I'll try to take pics of them as well.
 

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Hocking County - SE OH

Friday I returned to Hocking County and harvested some Hedge Hogs. There were more than last Sunday but they hadn't grown much. So, I'm learning that these are a variety that don't grow very big.

Polyporales Wood Natural material Mushroom Natural landscape


On the cutting board.

Cuisine Ingredient Food Terrestrial plant Wood


This was going to be a species specific hunt just for Hedge Hog . . . but then I saw this pair of immaculate, tender, young Chicken of the Woods.

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another look showing how clean these are.

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Enjoy some time in the woods. 馃槑 馃尀
 

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Maitake Sweet Potato Hash for breakfast today -- on a damp, cool, cloudy Fall morning.

The Hen of the Woods was smaller and therefore well suited to chopping up for the Hash.
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I love getting/adding fresh herbs from the garden.
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I got out my old cast iron skillet. It superbly handled everything. I'm finding that the no stick skillets don't work well for me when I want some heat, as in browning, singing.
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