I think this is a black staining polypore (Meripilus sumstinei)?
sb, I slice mine the same way, then before we store it in jars my wife cuts it in half inch pieces with a sharp pair of heavy scissors. You can pack a lot in a jar that way.Stellernation - thanks again for your earlier post that the Reishi were going gangbusters along the S PA border!!
I did get out to the Hemlock, Reishi gorges and hills of SE Ohio yesterday. That's the same latitude of the Southern PA border.
This is what I brought home.
There were so many, that I only hit 1 of my 3 spots. I picked only the ones that weren't eaten by bugs yet. That was about 70%.
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I looked up what these big beetles were named and it's "Pleasing Fungus Beetle". They had no fear of a person and I watched them munch holes for a few minutes from just 20"
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Here's my assembly line from yesterday afternoon, below. It took two full loads of 9 trays in the Excalibur and I also fired up my round stack-tray cheapie dehydrator too for 5 more trays.
The way I do it is to wait till I'm ready to do my alcohol soak stage of the two stage extract I make, to do a diagonal cross cut of these bacon slice pieces into matchstick size pieces. I tried chopping with a blender once. I'm good with this procedure. (My wife said I needed a meat slicer.) You will see I have 3 knives -- sharp knives, sharpened just before beginning.
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The woods were absolutely magnificient!! Having gotten a homerun hit on the first swing I have to find a good excuse or reason to do some more trips back into the same niche.
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Well, there will soon be Chanterelles.
i found some false corral and a few tiny chants today in northern cumberland countySpent a few hours in the woods this morning and am wondering how late of a chanterelle season we'll have in W PA. Indicator species that I usually find with chants and black trumpets are jelly babies and false coral, and neither were to be seen anywhere today. Tons of birds and butterflies, but almost no shrooms of any kind. Usually, I'm picking a few pounds at least by this date, and there wasn't a hint of anything.