PA 2018 SUMMER MUSHROOM FINDS

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  1. trahn008

    trahn008 Morel Connoisseur

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    Some hens show up early, but I’m sure most are black stainers. Have not been out looking yet but will start looking middle to end of Sept. Happy Hunting!
     
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  2. snowbrdr1220

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    Well I had a couple extra days off after the holiday today, so went out to look for hens starting at my best spot ahead of the coming rain and cooler temps. Found one tree with three of them and picked two for dinner tonight. Normally I would leave ones this small, but they were only two feet off of a well used bike trail in a western PA park. So almost gauranteed to be gone by this weekend if I didn't take them. They are so tender and clean looking too, I couldnt resist.

    Left one other small one on that same tree, found a small one on a nearby tree that I left, and found a baby one just breaking through the ground at a third. I checked many big oak trees that get hens in this area, but that was all I found.

    Thought I would find a bunch of fresh chanterelles to eat tonight, but only found two that were a lil dried out. Never works out the way I think it will when mushroom hunting. Good luck hunting, I love to see the pics posted on here!

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  3. trahn008

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    PA, lions mane.. Love them. Congrats!
     
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  5. steelernation

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    Wow, the Hericium hat trick! Is it cooler where you are? It's been in the low 90s in WPA for days, and I don't think anything is growing here right now. Great job there!
     
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    I went out to see if I could find any hen of the woods, none found, must still be too hot in my area. I did find these edibles even though I haven't tried the old man of the woods yet. IMG_3712.JPG IMG_3713.JPG IMG_3714.JPG
     
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    It’s been super hot
     
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    Trahan, I never thought in my life I would correct you, but that's actually bear's head tooth, not lion's mane. Still a hericium, but coralloides, not erinaceum.
     
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  9. trahn008

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    Your right Beat. I just group them all in mane title. Happy Hunting!
     
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    PA, not sure if you have eaten those Hericium yet but you'll be climbing those trees. To me they have two different tastes, when you eat them hot they have a pork taste and when you let them cool they have a seafood taste. Slice them about 1/4 inch and cook them with butter don't over cook. Great eating mushroom!! Happy Hunting!
     
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    Is this a blewit? The picture doesn't show it but the gills are purple and the cap is a cream color. Spore print was very light, almost white. I found these near oak and hemlock growing on the ground. IMG_3717.JPG IMG_3718.JPG IMG_3719.JPG
     
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    I did eat them trahn...they were delicious...my wife’s new favorite...she loves scallops and she said they reminded her of that
     
  13. snowbrdr1220

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    I found that hen I posted above on a 90+ degree day recently, and have found them at the the end of August before in the heat other years too, surprisingly in excellent condition. That is why I went out looking the other day. I know the cooler temps are more favorable, but they can be found early and in the heat too. I like to look in public parks early (late August / early September), before others are out foraging around for them.

    Last year at the same location as that one I posted above; I looked during the first weekend of September, maybe 9/2 or 9/3 2017, and came across freshly cut hen stumps at the base of seven or eight different oak trees. They looked like they were all cut fresh that morning. Then I found one after walking a little ways further. I hope this year is a good one for hens, I plan on preserving some. Good luck hunting!
     
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    Beagle, I do think it is a Clitocybe, but not a nuda. The Blewit has a pink spore print and tend to fruit in much cooler temps. Hey PA got me pumped up, think I'm hitting the woods in the am. Happy Hunting!!
     
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    Snow, welcome... When posting pics please post them in full image. Looking at your pics which makes it hard with thumbnail pics, looks like what you have is not a Grinfola Frondosa but Meripilus Giganteus. Hen vs black staining polypore. The only reason I think this, it's really hot and look to have some black staining on the bottom of some of the lower parts. Did it darken up as you handled it? Happy Hunting!
     
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    PA, did you do the back/ feet climb on that tree?? LOL
     
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  17. snowbrdr1220

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    Trahn, thanks... You should be able to click on the thumbnails to see them in full size. Here is a full size pic though.

    I don't believe it was a black staining polypore. Possibly a different edible sub species of grifola frondosa? I think its grifola frondosa though. It was grayish on top and very white underneith. When I got home I rinsed it off, tore into a few pieces, and scraped the underside of one a bit, let it sit out for well over an hour before cooking it. It was very good. Sauteed it in garlic butter and added to some baked mac and cheese.

    I'm hoping the rain and cooler temps this weekend really make them pop over the next couple of weeks. I like adding them on pizza & burgers or tossing with pastas too. How does everyone else like to cook their hens?

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  18. steelernation

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    Yeah, that is definitely hen.

    Yep, on homemade pizza, sautéed, I've done schnitzel with them (fantastic...) with hen gravy (no chicken).
     
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