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Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
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Ganoderma applanatum

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Piptoporus betulinus

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Hypholoma sublateritium

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Sparassis spathulata

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus

Inonotus obliquus

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Hericium coralloides

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Laccaria laccata

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Lactarius corrugis

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Polyporus squamosus

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Langemannia gigantea

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Cantharellus cibarius

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Dentinum repandum

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Dentinum umbilicatum

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Grifola frondosa

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Armilleria mellea

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Craterellus cornucopioides

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Agaricus arvensis

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Lactarius hygrophoroides

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Xanthoconium separans / Boletus separans

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Ganoderma lucidum & G. tsugae

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Hericium erinaceus

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Agaricus compestris

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Pleurotus ostreatus

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Laccaria ochropurpurea

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Russula virescens

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Cantharellus cinnabarinus

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Oudemansiella radicata

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Coprinus comatus

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Cantharellus lateritius

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Fomes fomentarius

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Trametes versicolor / Coriolus versicolor / Polyporus versicolor

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Boletus bicolor

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Lactarius volemus

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Cantharellus tubaeformis
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Laetiporus sulphureus

Sulphur Shelf - Chicken of the Woods

Many times a huge amount can be gathered, if you hit it right during its growth cycle.

Here is a lot ( no pun intended ) of edge trimming to do!
Photo of a large group of Laetiporus sulphureus - Sulphur Shelf - Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms on tree

An excellent wild edible mushroom and common in Pennsylvania - if you are not allergic ( some people are. )
AND if found growing on deciduous trees ( hardwoods ) - especially oak. Oak is great.

It's not a good idea to eat these gems if found growing on Hemlock or other conifer trees. Most adverse reactions in consuming these are attributed to growth on those type of host trees.

Here is a group growing on a fallen oak branch - 9/9/09
Photo of a group of Laetiporus sulphureus - Sulphur Shelf - Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms on fallen oak tree branch

Note there are no gills.
They have a multitude of very tiny pores ( poly ), hence their Family name - Polyporaceae.
And also see the sulphur yellow color on the underside.
Quite a site to notice these 'Hunter Orange ' colored mushrooms among the dark background.
They stick out like a sore thumb.
Photo of the underside of Laetiporus sulphureus - Sulphur Shelf - Chicken of the Woods Mushroom

Best practice is to harvest the outer edge, about 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches inward.
Cut off a shelf from the group, inspect to make sure it's clean and bug free, then use your knife to slice off some of the edge.
Photo of me cutting off the edge margin, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches inward from a Chicken of the Woods Mushroom shelf.

Here is a pristine lot of edge pieces, about 2 pounds believe it or not. These will cook up perfectly - or freeze just as they are.
Photo of the harvested edges of Laetiporus sulphureus - Sulphur Shelf - Chicken of the Woods Mushroom

Sometimes while seeking wild mushrooms you REALLY get lucky. Did you know that you can find the 'equivalent' of button mushrooms in a group of sulphur shelfs?
Mushrooms so fresh that the growth is just starting and has not yet displayed it's various shelves. When you gently squeeze any part it is all uniformly soft, moist and perfect - just like a fresh regular button mushroom.
Check these pretty babies.
With these you can harvest / cut off the whole group right next to the branch / trunk.

Click the photo and see what these look like three days later.
Photo showing new growth of Laetiporus sulphureus - Sulphur Shelf - Chicken of the Woods

Here is another good 'Best Practice'.
After you have harvested the edges that you want you will have a bunch of cannabalized partial shelfs. Don't waste them. Look around. Do you see any other dead or dying hardwood trees, deadfalls or branches?
Those are candidates for seeding. Take those partial shelfs and rub their underbellies into holes and/or depressions in those new hosts. Just like they do with Oyster mushrooms on Aspen logs. Help these delectable fungi fructify. In a couple of years there will be a potential bigger harvest.

In the photo below I took all the shelfs, and shelf pieces and stuck them into any hole, depression, crevice, etc. i could find in that surrounding area and a few other dead trees close by.
Photo showing a bunch of Chicken of the Woods shelf pieces seeded in various places along a large fallen oak branch.

Laetiporus sulphureus - A/K/A - Chicken of the Woods, A/K/A Sulphur Shelf
DATE - September 9 and September 12, 2009 and several other days thereafter but I already have enough frozen.
FOUND - Laurel Hill State Park, Pennsylvania ( near Bakersville ), near the Visitor Center woods and also near group cabins area.
Two groups of approximately 8 shelves each were found growing on a fallen oak branch.
Another crop of approximately 20 groups - the 'Young Ones' were 'Very' fresh, very moist especially in light of the prior three days having been on the dry side.

Weather conditions: approximately three dry days after having been damp for a week. Woods not overly wet.

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