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So lets talk about Minnesota summer edibles! I've got some good spots for chants, lobsters, hedgehogs. I know they have different starting times depending on how far south or north you are in the state, rain, temp, all that stuff. What's the earliest you have found any of these in Minnesota?

Now, this is just when I actually got out to start looking for these or found while looking for something else. Most of my foraging is within the first 100 miles north of the Twin Cities.
First finds in 2016 according to my photos:
Chickens - 5/15
Crown-Tips - 6/15
Chants, Lobsters - 7/23
Hedgehogs - 8/4
 

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Calling buckthronman, Calling Bucky!!

I think you're kind of in my general area, I'm in Elk River. How early have you experienced finds? When do those black trumpets start callin for ya??
 

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Heading up to Ely, MN area for a week over the 4th. Anybody know what shrooms might be growing up there right now??
 

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Tundrakin I'm north of you yet:) just had baby thorn on July 2nd!!! Life is beautiful! Haven't been out much.I'm guessing trumpets are up around here. Found some nice chickens yesterday in a sweet old lady's yard. Thank you sweet lady! Bless you.. weren't as orange as fall chickens kinda pale on underside,not the yellow? Any who have a great summer hunt everybody! Bucky!!!!!!
 

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Congrats on lil thorn!!

I took my 3 year old out around the campground forest and nearby national forest around Ely and the chants are just starting to pop! Only found a half dozen buttons, but they are coming!
We're gonna hit up my hot spot tomorrow morning and see how its going.
 

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Hit up some of my spots yesterday, nothing going yet. Found a couple old chickens, otherwise nill. I'll give it a week and check back.
 

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Lots of chant buttons up now. Picked a hand full for appetizer last week. Also picked a pound of corals that went in a butter, cream, asiago, parmesan sauce over noodles. Super good! Last year July 7th was my first chant find, so about a week early this year. Lobsters were up about 2 weeks after that in my spots, same with black trumpets. Porcini were shortly after that. Hope to get on them soon. Good luck all!
 

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tickcollector, what area of the state are you in? I'm just north of the cities. That coral pasta sounds great! I didn't get out looking for them this year, but one of my favs is to make an oriental mushroom soup... so good.
 

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Chicken of the woods are out there and are fairly common, but become more prominent towards fall.
Chanterelles should be coming up most places any day now or already coming up. I found a handful of buttons way north by Ely last last, but checked my spots by Elk River and they hadn't come up yet.
Lobsters should start coming up any day.
I've never found black trumpets, but supposedly they should be starting too.

We're right on the front edge of good summer shroomin!
 

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Ok, here's an update... I went back out to check a spot and things are really poppin now! Lots of oysters, button chants, a buggie chicken, and a couple lobsters. I kept a good chunk of oysters, a couple dozen larger button chants, and the two lobsters I spotted. Not bad for a quick lunch break shroom run!
 

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jg, they sure look like oysters to me. I suppose they could smell somewhat like licorice, but I always think they smell like shell fish. They have that kind of dingy greyish white tint on top.
 

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Are there any other mushrooms that look like them that i need to watch out for? I think im going to go pick them tonight and do a spore print
 

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Nothing dangerous that I'm aware of. Just a couple small similar ones that are unpalatable. I've found them young before looking exactly like what you have there. The underside shot is a dead give away.
They grow fast, so if you wait a couple days they should be much bigger.
 

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