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  1. thrillhill

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    I thought there were some mushroom threads floating around, but I must be overlooking them.

    Anyway, we have been covered up with oyster mushrooms this year. Been getting a few "tree ears" too. Those are the red looking ones.

    Haven't seen a damn morel all year though. Oh well, beggars can't be choosers.

    The wife and the youngest daughter came back from the creek with these about an hour ago.

    That is about about half of what they found. Probably their 12-15th successful foray in the past two months.

    But, the way the temps and rains have been this year, it's been a banner year so far anyway. We were picking in late January/early February when we had a little heat wave with rain.

    J-frame for size reference.

    I'd love to see more NC/SC pics and id's. I know some of y'all have posted several in the past. Maybe on the Crack Smokers sight. Can't remember. Seemed like @The Green Heron had a lot of pics.

    If I missed a mega thread on here, somebody let me know where and I'll merge them.

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    Tagged for interest! Hey, I'ma fungi...
     
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    All the old shroom stuff was at the "crack smokers" site, lmao.
     
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    Well, let's "fire it up again"! LOL!
     
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    Careful! @Derek8404 might be within earshot...
     
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    last time I did a shroom was about 35 years ago. I still have night mares about them jack rabbitts as big a the car,lol
     
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    You rang??
     
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    I'm in, haven't seen hide nor hair of any shrooms this year (haven't really looked much). Going to order some spore plugs soon for some sweet gums we're cutting down though.
     
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    It's turning into a Fungal Detritus And Undergrowth thread... I just figured you'd be along eventually.
     
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    And here I am.
     
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  13. Saw some today that would have been great convo fodder, sorry I got no picks. Looked like chanterelles but they weren't. Really wish I'd gotten some pics for edumacational purposes.

    I'll do better now that I'm tied into this thread.
     
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    There's one out there that makes me think of chanterelles...but isn't. It's early yet for them, I think. I usually (when I do) look for them in August. Hit or miss... but what a score when you find 'em!

    I wish I had some oysters nearby!
     
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    That wasn't a nightmare...

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    My shitake logs are old and done producing. Time to inoculate more.
     
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    tsk tsk tsk
     
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    Gray Canadian bacon is ham

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    My old Droid autocorrect was horrible and would change words typed correctly. Guilty for the aforementioned error. At least it wasn't a for sail ad...
     
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    I'd like to know more about them for sure. I was always told not to eat what grows in the wild as I would fall down in the rabbit hole....

    For instance, I didn't know you needed a pistol as shown in the picture with @thrillhill 's harvest. What caliber would be the best for harvesting? Do they flop around much?

    Seriously, I know @The Green Heron has a lot of knowledge, and my girls love mushroom dishes, I would just want to learn more.
     
  20. Get you an Audubon field guide for shrooms. I wouldn't turn Forrest Gump loose with just a field guide, but a reasonably intelligent person, who can follow directions, can find a lot of safe eats with a field guide.
     
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    Spotted this while mowing this weekend, I've never see this. It's @ 3" across.
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    Looks like Lions Mane.
     
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    Thanks, that's what my kids said.
    It's bizarre looking.
     
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    Still harvesting oyster mushrooms in January. Texture is a little different this time of year.

    The wife cut these into long narrow strips and fried them. We had mushroom "fries" with our hot dogs last night.


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    I like to look for chanterelles, hen of the woods and chicken of the woods. We look for morels but never find them. My mother is law is great at shroom hunting. With the fires here in the Rutherfordton area last year I am hoping for some morels this spring.
     
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    I was taking a break from bush-hogging on Monday when my eldest and the wife came walking out of the woods with some shrooms (I'm still sitting on the tractor, that's why picture angles look a little funny).

    As usual here lately, they had found PLENTY of oyster mushrooms. We have been pretty much covered up with those the last couple of years.

    They did find a FEW chanterelle mushrooms, the smaller orange looking ones in the pics.

    They had to come back for more baskets though. The wife said that what she had in the basket was only about a third of the oysters in that sector. I had to go back to work but I believe they ended up with about 12-15 pounds of oysters that day.

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    Take this for a grain of salt but if an area has a large wild turkey population you will not find any morels. We had a few spots that produced yearly until the turkey population exploded. I still poke around hoping to find a few but without fail the turkeys have allready torn the areas up. My wife is from MI and next year I hope to get up there during mushroom season.
     
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    I have been looking for morels the past two years with no success. I know good and well they grow on the property somewhere. Friend of a friend that is about a mile and a half downstream from me found 3 or 4 in late April/early May. I dunno. Stymied every time so far. We do have plenty of turkeys.
     
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    We have so many damn turkeys the places I used to find morels look like swept from all the turkey scratching. The sad thing is I could care less about hunting them. I shoot a few to eat most years by sitting in a pop up blind. Reminds me of early deer season which I hate with the warm weather and bugs.
     
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    I know a guy that will help with your turkey problem!

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    Started finding puffball mushrooms kinda heavy about 3 weeks ago. Had some spare time this weekend so the wife and I took a ride around the woods and took some pics.

    Yes, the ones we used to stomp on as kids when they were brown to see the cloud of brown dust (spores) puff out.

    This is the first one we found. We cut them about a half inch to an inch above the ground.

    (More pics coming in subsequent posts, bear with my slow upload for a minute)


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    2nd one we found.

    My wife likes to poke a little dent in them to see if it springs back out. She says if it doesn't spring back then it is too "soggy" to harvest.

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    Another good one. They like bright sunlight, so a lot of times we'll find them in the yard or near the edge of the yard or around the pond, shooting lanes, those kinds of places. You find em in the woods too.


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    While we were out looking, my wife found this one. Called it a "russula". She said it was one of the only ones she would eat raw. I am not as confident in identifying those, but I trust her judgement in that regard.

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    Looks like one of those hobbies I would take up and then instantly die.
     
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    Food prep. Slice in half long ways for proper id. You should find no sign of "gills" at all.

    Peel skin before cooking. One of these pics shows one with the skin peeled. The other two have the skin still on to show variation.

    I call the one type "brainy" skin and the brown one I call "dinosaur skin". You'll see variation spread out over a large enough property. But they are both puffballs.

    We cut off the spongier part towards the bottom, or what most folks would think of as the stem. It's not really a stem though. And the spongier part is still edible, texture is just not as desirable for grilling.


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    More "skin pics! LOL

    First one is the "brainy" skin on the right.

    Second one I am holding "dinosaur skin".

    Last pic both are on the right.


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    Olive oil, salt and pepper, maybe a little garlic salt, and then they are ready for the grill. I tried eating them sauteed a couple of times and didn't enjoy the texture as much as I do grilled.


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    Finished product. My wife brought me out a little platter.

    Oyster mushrooms are on the left (that we found earlier in the week). Grilled peaches are in the back. Grilled ham in the upper right corner.

    The puffball mushrooms are the ones that look like grilled chicken in the lower right corner. Mighty fine eatin!


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    I am going to have to try grilled puffballs. Ate them raw as a kid and they were pretty bland that way.
     

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