Last Updated - 2.18.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Bear's Head Tooth
Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Chicken of the Woods
Corrugated Cap Milky
Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Hen of the Woods
Horn of Plenty
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans
Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae
Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Quilted Green Russula
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor
RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE
The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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It is now pretty well known that the "aborted form" is a Honey mushroom - Armillaria - and NOT an Entoloma abortivum.
I am just biting the bullet and naming it Aborted Armillaria / Armillaria abortivum.
This article is about my personal experience collecting and eating the "Aborted form" only.
Anyway, I have been collecting and eating the aborted looking form for 35 years. Although there were occasions in that time span when perfectly formed Entoloma abortivums were present while collecting the globs, I never picked any to eat.
I find them tasty and I like the texture when cooked. That's me though. I particularly enjoy them for breakfast with eggs. The eggs do not have any overpowering flavor to detract from the mild flavor of these mushrooms so that makes them perfect.
It used to be believed that the aborted form was an Entoloma abortivum that had been parasitized by Armillaria spp. which somehow affected the way it grew, ultimately deforming the fruit body.
So, if you have been eating these aborted forms then you have been eating Honey mushrooms like those shown below. Hard to imagine that those tan colored Honey's in my hand could actually look like white, deformed globs.
Do what I have done for decades and if you find perfectly formed Entoloma abortivum fruiting bodies along with the whitish, deformed globs leave the perfect ones behind and grab these.
The deformed Armillaria's will have a delicate lumply cottage cheese appearance.
If you cut the fruiting body in half you will see some marbling that could have some pinkish or light brownish in it.
Best practice - pick only the ugly deformities for eating. Pick the small ones from the group. They will be more firm and will cook up delectably.
Armillaria abortivum - A/K/A Aborted Armillaria.
Weather conditions: Best when it has been wet.