09.26.2018 Three Edibles

I don’t forage, so these had nothing to fear from me and I wasn’t going to deprive all those spores of their destinies.  But there are a few mushrooms that are unmistakable even to a layperson like me.

This is Chicken of the Woods (and a few other names) -Laetiporus-sulphureus that beaconed to me while I was hiking in Quabbin. Kind of hard to miss.  Silent though, with not a cluck to be heard.

For this and many others, especially yesterday’s post, I have to kneel or lie down for the proper angle.  After a few days of that I have to run my stuff through the washer and then hang it out on the line to dry.  While doing that on Monday, I noticed these mushrooms next to the grill of all places. I was unaware of their edibility until I researched their species and read about it. Again, they get to live out their days in my yard without fear.  🙂

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Purple-gilled Laccaria-Laccaria ochropurpurea.

And lastly, for now, a favorite puffball that I found a short distance from the Pinewood Gingertails in North Quabbin.

Gem-studded Puffballs (also the possessor of a few other names)-Lycoperdon perlatum.  These have appeared here before, as have Chicken of the Woods, and quite a few years ago we had them in our small woods behind the yard. There were quite a few of these in the spot, but this was the only three-headed clump.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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24 Responses to 09.26.2018 Three Edibles

  1. Val says:

    The puffballs look like they’re about to burst into song!

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  2. Great opening sentence! Mushrooms have always fascinated me – your shots of these are terrific.

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  3. Maybe it was your talk of edibility that led me to read “Purple-gilled Laccaria” as “Purple-grilled Laccaria.”

    That’s an excellent triple portrait of puffballs.


    • Plus they were found next to the grill. I bet they taste even better grilled. On a mushroom group page on FB, someone commented on my post about their delectability.

      I noticed the puffballs out of the edge of my vision while walking in the woods. Nearby was a conjoined pair and a short distance away three separated at birth, it seems. I also saw a few spots where there was just a white mass that I thought might be more forming from the mycelia.


  4. shoreacres says:

    I grew up around puffballs, but none so elegant as these. They look like they’ve been dusted with cake decoration. We used to love to stomp on our plain little ones, and watch the spores spread through the air.

    I’m sure I’ve mentioned the foragers I know who rejoice when they find chicken-of-the-woods. I’m just not sure I could bring myself to eat it — it looks like it ought to be lethal, even though I know it isn’t.

    Your mention of your clothes reminds me that I was giving thanks to you for the tip about permethrin the other day. I sprayed down a shirt, pants, and socks before heading out into the refuge last weekend, and combined with a little spritz of Deep Woods Off, it really did the trick. I’ve rarely seen so many mosquitos, and I came home with only three or four bites — all on my hands and face, where I won’t use spray because of the camera. Very few pleasures in life equal frustrating a swarm of mosquitoes.

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    • One of the things I just alluded too in our previous exchange was puffball stomping. Not really a terrible undertaking since the spores spread in that manner somewhat naturally anyway. I was always afraid I’d inhale some of the spores and have mushrooms growing in my chest.

      One mushroom forager FB friend gave this clump of Chicken of the Woods a huge wow. There was more developing to the right out of the frame. Two years ago I found some near by.

      I am very glad that the Permethrin is working out for you. As far as mosquitoes go, I have stopped with the Deepwoods Off, and its DEET, for another product by Sawyer…their Premium Insect Repellent with 20% Picaridin. It isn’t terribly greasy, I’ve seen no oily evidence, and smells much better than DEET. They claim it to be odor-free, but I believe it smells like melon. Works pretty well, but doesn’t last quite as long as DEET. Like your experience, I hardly ever get a bite. It is sold at Dick’s too.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    This is only a test. My comments suddenly are being thrown into spam on many blogs.

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  6. Those mushrooms are very pretty. I could never bring myself to harvest any fungi. They are essential and I would never trust myself even if I thought I were one hundred percent accurate. Mushrooms are sold at a reasonable price in the grocery stores. Anyway, I know that we have had this discussion before and that you do not harvest, either.

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    • Wild ones are definitely more interesting than the white button mushrooms we get at the market. The best and safest way to determine edibility, short of hiring a food taster, is to make spore prints. Since I don’t pick things I’ve never made one.


  7. Wonderful colors, textures and comps well done Steve !!

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    Love, love, love that three-pronged puffball!

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