Last Updated - 2.24.2015
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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Brick Caps - Brick Tops
In some areas they use the common name Brick Caps. Sometimes, but less common, it's Brick Tops.
It goes back a ways of course to the era when bricks were pretty much the same color - red.
They are not a large mushroom. Caps sometimes can get 4 inches or a bit bigger. However, you don't want the larger caps if you are collecting these to eat. It's the dinky little ones up to an 1 1/2 inches or smaller that make the best eating.
Carefully pull a cluster from the tree stump and review the details.
Now flip the cluster over and note the other details. Starting with the STALK.
The cap has an inrolled margin when young and, while still young, has a cobwebby veil that covers the gills.
Here they are in the strainer after being washed. If you look close you can see the gill color in some of the bigger caps and the stalk/stem features as well.
These mushrooms can hide pretty good !
Best practice is to gather Brick Caps in clusters from the tree stump.
Hypholoma sublateritium ( sometimes - Naematoloma sublateritium ) - A/K/A - Brick Caps, Brick Tops
Weather conditions: Wet. Cold drizzle on the day found. Mostly for the week before the weather has been dry. However, there was a frost about 1 week before. I would characterize the two weeks prior to finding these on the damp side.