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Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
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Aborted Armillaria
Armillaria abortivum
Aborted entoloma

Almost Bluing
King Boletus

Boletus subcaerulescens

Artist's Conk
Ganoderma applanatum

Bear's Head Tooth
Hericium americanum

Birch Polypore
Piptoporus betulinus

Black Trumpets
Craterellus fallax

Clitocybe nuda

Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Hypholoma sublateritium

Cauliflower Mushroom
Sparassis spathulata

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus

Inonotus obliquus

Comb Tooth
Hericium coralloides

Common Laccaria
Laccaria laccata

Corrugated Cap Milky
Lactarius corrugis

Dryad's Saddle
Polyporus squamosus

Giant Puffball
Langemannia gigantea

Golden Chanterelle
Cantharellus cibarius

Hedgehog Mushroom Big
Dentinum repandum

Hedgehog Little
Dentinum umbilicatum

Hen of the Woods
Grifola frondosa

Honey Mushrooms
Armilleria mellea

Horn of Plenty
Craterellus cornucopioides

Horse Mushroom
Agaricus arvensis

Hygrophorus Milky
Lactarius hygrophoroides

Lilac Bolete
Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans

Lingzhi / Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae

Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard
Hericium erinaceus

Meadow Mushrooms / Pinkies
Agaricus compestris

Oyster Mushroom
Pleurotus ostreatus

Purple-gilled Laccaria
Laccaria ochropurpurea

Quilted Green Russula
Russula virescens

Red Chanterelle
Cantharellus cinnabarinus

Rooted Oudemansiella
Oudemansiella radicata

Shaggy Mane
Coprinus comatus

Smooth Chanterelle
Cantharellus lateritius

Tinder Fungus
Fomes fomentarius

Turkey Tail
Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor

Two-colored Bolete
Boletus bicolor

Voluminous-latex Milky
Lactarius volemus

Winter Chanterelle
Cantharellus tubaeformis
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The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Sparassis spathulata
( similar to the Western variety - Sparassis crispa )

Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom

Describing this mushroom is about the easiest there is. It's a great find though when it's young and fresh like the one shown.
Photo of a beautiful specimen of Sparassis spathulata - Cauliflower mushroom

The best way to describe it is to imagine several cooked egg noodles that are stood vertically on edge, in a curling manner, close to each and which when all arranged has an overall rounded shape.
Photo of a Sparassis spathulata - Cauliflower mushroom
Indeed, if you took the layers of the mushroom apart carefully you will have several mushroom pieces that have the color and shape of a slightly browned egg noodle.

When I get an overabundance of the Cauliflower mushroom I like to to prepare the pieces by slow cooking in butter until tender and then package them in small freezer ziplock bags for later use. At some point I will use these mushroom pieces in recipes where flat noodles are usually used, like egg noodles.

Great in homemade ravioli, chicken noodle soup, beef stroganoff and other such meals where flat noodles are used.
Photo of some slow cooking cauliflower mushroom pieces

Sparassis spathulata - A/K/A - Cauliflower Mushroom, Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom Chanterelle.
DATE - July through August.
FOUND - Several found at the base of unknown hardwood tree, probably oak ( no bark to help in I.D. ) in Laurel Hill State Park. Also some scattered specimens at the base of oak trees near a church woodlot near Stahlstown.

Weather conditions in the areas described were a bit wetter because of the altitude inherent in those places.

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