Last Updated - 2.18.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Formerly Aborted entoloma
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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Artist's Conk / Artist's Bracket
I have been picking large Artist's Conks, when found, for over 40 years. Many were scratched upon in an attempt to come up with some masterpiece, some were dried and then sold so others could scratch upon them for their masterpieces and some were processed to use as an oil painting surface.
I must say that some of those paintings turned out really good. I gave a few to friends and they still have them on the shelves at their places.
For about 15 years now I have been gathering Artist's Conks for two reasons. I use the small ones for medicinal purposes, that is, as a tonic or broth for health maintenance and the large ones for future art projects.
When I get too many conks accumulated - large or small ones, I sell the excess.
There are plenty of buyers that like good health and just as many that like to create some fine art. Probably many are old folks - like me.
With regard to the medicinal aspect of Ganoderma mushrooms there are extensive articles by scientific agencies about ongoing research. Specifically with regard to G. applanatum -
Artist's Conk has many of the same healthful chemical constituents that are found in Lingzhi / Reishi - Ganoderma lucidum and G. tsugae.
Artist's Conk is a polypore. The undersurface is composed of a white spore surface that has thousands upon thousands of little holes.
A good place to search for larger sized Artist's Conks is in a forest that has been around for a while.
The other size conks I collect are the small ones, no bigger than my hand, for use as a medicinal tonic or broth.
Hundreds of slices later they are ready to dehydrate.
Ganoderma applanatum. Artist's Conk / Artist's Bracket.
Weather conditions not relevant.