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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Clitocybe nuda, Tricholoma nudum, Rhodopaxillus nudus, Lepista nuda
Blewit, also Wood Blewit
Well here we are again. It's October. And to make matters even worse, it's the end of October. So far 2010 has not been one of the better wild mushroom years in southwestern Pennsylvania.
I know however how to identify them, admire them, enjoy their aroma, cook them, eat them and put them up though, thanks to my buddy Tony.
Blewits are not large. If they are 6 inches across then you have a big one. When they get older / bigger they lose some of the purplishness and get more light brown mingled in. No matter how brownish the caps get however there will always be the hint that the deeper purple was there.
The margin is enrolled, even when a bit older. Eventually they do flatten out.
Near the stalks meeting with the cap flesh you will find most of the purple coloring to let you know the mushroom has started it's color fading.
As with all new mushrooms that you expect to eat a spore print should be taken. Cut off the stalk at the top, right next to the cap, so the upside-down cap will sit flat on a surface. If you expect any color other than a very light color use white paper to set the caps on.
Blewits have a spore color that can be described as salmon ( the fish flesh color, not the outside of the fish ). Salmon is a pinkish-orange color. The variation dependent on moisture content.
These are great edibles. I just wish I could find hundreds of them like I do with other wild mushrooms.
Clitocybe nuda. Also in some guides Tricholoma nudum, Rhodopaxillus nudus and Lepista nuda - A/K/A - blewit, wood blewit.
Weather conditions were dry for several weeks, frosty a couple days in the last week. Also, just a few days of cold rain.