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Old 09-01-2012, 12:58 PM   #21
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My first Maitake ever! Found it 2 days ago along a popular hiking trail and decided to let it grow a bit. I was afraid someone would nab it so I grabbed it today.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:15 AM   #22
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Quick update...
Found 1 golden chanterelle and some small hedgehogs in the Blue Ridge wilderness the other day along a stream. Bitter and scaber stalked boletes were out in numbers in certain areas as well but I didn't see any boletus edulis anywhere yet.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:40 AM   #23
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Can you recommend a good guidebook for getting started with mushroom foraging - or edible plants in general? Just starting to get a taste of mushrooms and have a fond memory of eating a "chicken of the woods" mushroom someone found up in Alaska.

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Old 09-06-2012, 07:00 PM   #24
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David Fischer's " Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America" is a good introduction to mycophangy. Just make sure you retain plenty of doubt, and when you think you have a fine edible but have any doubt, then do yourself a favor and throw it out. Gathering mushrooms for the table is a great hobby but nothing to trifle with. Enjoy the hunt.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:49 AM   #25
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Can you recommend a good guidebook for getting started with mushroom foraging - or edible plants in general? Just starting to get a taste of mushrooms and have a fond memory of eating a "chicken of the woods" mushroom someone found up in Alaska.

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This book is a decent place to start: http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-M...s=gary+lincoff

Your chicken of the woods could refer to either the Chicken mushroom or the Hen of the woods (aka Maitake) which is the one I found recently above. Both are available in this area and are good edibles. Both are described in detail in the above book.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:44 PM   #26
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Take care with the Chicken Mushroom ( Laetiporus sulphureus ), it has to be cooked well and even then some have digestive problems with them. Especially take care if taking them off Hemlock. It used to be my favorite edible.
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Old 09-07-2012, 08:53 PM   #27
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Did you have an unpleasant experience? I cooked the crap out of the ones I got earlier in the summer and had no issues. They were on a dead yellow birch. I saw some two days ago along the black river canal in Boonville but they were on the other side and I didn't feel like getting wet.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #28
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Yes, unpleasant. I ate and shared them with my siblings for years with no ill effects, they were the favorite. One time a couple of years ago I ate them with resulted in digestive distress. Not sure of the reason but I opined it had to do with incomplete cooking. After that episode, at a later date and different batch, I shared some with siblings with the same results, they had no problems. So either the Sulphur shelf induced an allergic response to my system or I am a psychosomatic. Either way take care especially harvesting off conifers.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:51 PM   #29
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Brook trout, Lion's Mane, and Turkey Tail...A productive fall morning.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:05 PM   #30
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More Lion's mane on the trail to the brook trout pond this morning. Saw some oysters but left them in favor of the lion's mane.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:39 AM   #31
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Nice!
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:07 PM   #32
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Things are really cranking now. My pet shaggy mane patch produced within 1 week of last years. Then today on my way back from work I spied these Kings under some spruce trees. Almost across the street is a giant puffball that I'm going to let grow a tad bigger.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #33
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First hen of the year for me yesterday! Close to 10 pounds..
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Streamer,
That's a nice one.

I should also mention that Blewits are out for those interested.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:02 PM   #35
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Chanterelle? 6" high.

Found recently in mixed woods off the Devil's Path in the Catskills.

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Scaly Vase Chanterelle (Gomphus floccosus). I guess some people eat it but I wouldn't.
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Old 09-12-2013, 08:31 AM   #38
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Found my 1st-of-year hen over the weekend. A little past prime, but not too bad. I also found another small hen that was shot and some long gone chickens.
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Anybody finding any chanterelles going out looking today.
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Old thread but I thought I would try to revive it and share what I found yesterday. Just under #2! Fresh and pretty clean, I definitely prefer them to morels. One patch had a few unusual white ones mixed in
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