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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Black Trumpets, Trumpet of Death ( due to it's somber coloring, not it's gastronomic excellence ) and Poor Man's Truffle are some of the names used for these fungi.
Many times they get to be almost black in color.
The bottoms have blunt ridges or very small pertubations even smaller than blunt ridges and appear frosted dark gray. No gills on these.
They can be described as having a 'Flower-like' appearance.
Once you find a patch make sure you never forget it. It grows every year in the same area - as long as the weather conditions cooperate. You can pick these every few days from July through September in our area of southwestern Pa.
These are tough to find even when you are diligently looking. It's a lot like looking for black morels in early April. They hide so well - mostly - unless they are in the thick green moss as the photo above depicts.
Many times I thought I found one and upon bending over discovered it to be a curled up leaf. Of course on other occasions I thought I saw a curled up leaf and upon looking closer discovered it to be that elusive trumpet.
So, what do you do with these Black Trumpets?
Craterellus fallax - A/K/A - Black Trumpet, Trumpet of Death, Poor Man's Truffle and sometimes Horn of Plenty ( although that is more aptly applied to C. cornucopioides ).
Weather conditions were dry for several days, however these grow in area that is always damp. There are many spring seeps in the creekbed and just about every rock has moss growing on it, as do the banks - even in the driest times.