Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Help Me ID this Mushroom!

I found these big brown mushrooms growing out of a log that had been inoculated with edible mushroom spores about 2 years ago...
only problem is, i wasn't the one who stuck the spores in there and I have no idea which types of mushrooms they might be.... or if they are from the spores at all. The logs were already here at the Luck Cabin when i moved in.

Can anyone help me figure out, if this is an edible mushroom?
here are some other viewpoints... side and underneath, showing the gills....
The brown color is very rich and healthy looking... these mushrooms are also really large and round - thick (but not as thick & heavy as a portabella).

XoXoxoOX

8 comments:

Benjammin said...

I don't know what it is, but it doesn't look like anything that is commonly edible that I recognize. It's vaguely reminiscent of candy caps but too big. My advice is to stay away from eating anything with gills unless you are 100% sure. Too many lookalikes and misidentifications when it comes to gilled mushrooms. Better to go after the boletes, morels, chanterelles, and hedgehogs (tho I dunno what of those grow in western NC).

Design Fetish said...

Hi there! I'm not exactly sure what kind those are. They kind of look like Boletes. This might help!

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/outdoor-recreation/how/mushrooms/edible-mushrooms

It's got descriptions of them, pictures, when and where they can be found, the parts to eat/not eat, any cautions/allergies, cooking tips, etc...

This site is specific to North Carolina, so it might be more useful!

http://www.duke.edu/~jspippen/fungi/mushrooms.htm

Happy mushroom hunting!

Benjammin said...

Those are NOT NOT NOT boletes. Not even close. Boletes do not have gills, they have pores. Completely different.

The truth is, nobody is going to be able to ID a gilled mushroom just from pictures over the internet and tell you if it's edible. Anyone who is claiming to be able to do so is giving you dangerous information.

Only obviously edible mushrooms which have no poisonous lookalikes (such as those I listed in my first comment) could be safely ID'd through pictures. Gilled mushrooms just have too many variables... is the stem hollow or solid? when you break it, is the juice white and does it turn yellow after a few seconds? what do the underground structures look like? what does it smell like? etc etc etc

Design Fetish said...

I'm personally not a mushroom fan, never have been. I don't know the first thing about them. It's always been a texture thing for me. That and I could never wrap my brain around eating a fungus. :)

When I'm out in the woods, unless I know for certain what I pick up is safe and edible, I don't bother with it. There's too many plants, fungi, berries, etc...out there that are poisonous. Or like you said, lookalikes. I'd rather not eat them from the start then do so and get sick, or worse.

I'm not familiar with North Carolina fungi and vegetation, hence the websites I sent. Most of the things I find hiking near my family's home in Maryland would be raspberry or strawberry bushes and honeysuckle.

Gratuitous said...

My guess is that it's probably tricholoma imbricatum, with edibility in question. Wait, all wild shrooms' edibility is in question! I have two rules when it comes to identifying and eating wild shrooms: 1.)an expert has to confirm, and 2.)he/she has to eat it first!

Leslie's Gone Oko said...

A mushroom expert looked at these pics and told me they are old wet shittakes. Which is most likely it, because the logs were filled with spores on purpose....
i doubt they are wild.

He said, old ones... are not for eating. he said he would not even eat them.

I didn't plan on eating these anyway since i am still recovering from being sick --- but would have been cool had they been edible and i could have eaten them ! xoxoxox

Majoofi said...

they look really leathery. perhaps you could make a purse out of them.

Mike Carlson said...

Howdy Leslie,

I would suggest, if there is a university near by, stop in with a sample and see if the natural science or biology dept. has someone that can help.

It makes me nervous I.D.ing mushrooms over the 'net...at least for eating purposes obviously :)