Last Updated - 2.18.2015
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
Formerly Aborted entoloma
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
Bear's Head Tooth
Here's another of the Hericium's that shout their existence by usually being on a dark background. These are similar to Hericium coralloides however the spines here are much longer and definitely droop straight down.
Hericium mushrooms are some of my most favorite. I will put their genus in the top 10, at the upper end. Chunks of these in a homemade mushroom chowder is reminiscent of the texture of bay scallops.
Here is one I am holding so you can get an idea of the sizes involved. However, they do get bigger than the one I'm holding. The smaller ones are the younger ones and therefore the fresher ones for eating.
Here is another. This one a bit bigger.
As big as it appears above here is the same one being held.
Hericiums, unlike the vast majority of mushrooms, like to grow high up in trees. You will often find them 10 to 20 or more feet up on an old beech tree wound or dead standing tree.
There is also another long toothed Hericium ( H. erinaceus ) that has one main body with straight down hanging teeth and looks very similar. The difference between them and these is that these have several branches that terminate at the ends where the teeth droop. In the second photo above, where I am holding one, there are at least 7 or 8 separate parts.
As visually blatant as these fine mushrooms are you will walk by them and not see them. I kid you not!
Best practice is to cut off the cluster, cleanly, as close to the host tree as you can to keep all the parts together and so as not to damage the rooting base.
Hericium americanum - A/K/A - Bear's Head Tooth.
Weather conditions: Wet - all day drizzle. The two weeks prior to finding these our area was more on the dry side.