This weekend edible finds:
Puffballs: They are everywhere, Giant, Pear Shaped, And Gem Studded.
Oysters: I found 1 tree with 3 clumps of very small and tender ones.
Boletes: I found 1 that was unusual and i coudnt key it out. The cap was buff and cracked. No blue staining. The flesh was very thick and the stem was short and very thick also. The pores were the same color as the cap and very short. Overall it was the firmist and best tasting bolete i have ever found.
Chicken Of The Woods: Found several, all too old to eat.
Meadow Mushrooms: still a few around.
Shaggy Parasol: I found about 50 of them from buttons to plate sized caps.
If you have never tried them, you should. It tastes like a strong mushroom and eats like beef.
Shaggy Manes: I have a spot in my front yard that has been producing about 15 per day for the last week.
The last one that i found, not real sure what it is. An old timer taught me to eat them. (We call them hickory slipperies).
They mainly grow under hickory trees late in the fall. They are kinda orangish/reddish/brown (there is probably some faggy name for this color)
They hide under the leaves. When they are buttons all through maturity, they are VERY slimy. Dirt and leaves stick to them. They are extremely hard to hold on to when you wash them because when you get them wet, they become the slipperiest thing you have ever tried to hold on to.
Once cooked, the slimieness goes away. The texture and flavor is very similar to canned "regular" mushrooms.
The best thing about this weekend is what i did not find.
I put in about 15 miles on public land and i did not find one single other mushroom hunter.
Ill Leave You A Few