Last Updated - 7.24.2013
Edible Wild Mushrooms Commonly Found In Pennsylvania And Personally Eaten Regularly
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
RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE
The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
I love September and October, especially when wet. Others bemoan the weather but I am licking my chops. If you are a fanatic mushroom hunter, such as I am, you more than likely have the same sentiment about rainy days at that time of the year.
Those rainy days usually mean there are not too many people on the back roads and gives me an opportunity to drive along REAL slow, on any old back road, checking out all the open fields and woods edges.
When you find one of those you have plenty for several days of meals.They are not the tastiest mushrooms around ( nor is zucchini but loved and enjoyed nevertheless ) but they do make up for it in quantity and the assurance of unmistakability. The flavor is very mild/subtle so keep it simple. I really like them.
When you find one cut it cleanly in half. Check the inside. It should be solid white and have the appearance of styrofoam. Additionally, when slicing it, keep your ears perked. It should squeak, again almost like slicing styrofoam - the squeak of freshness.
These mushroom grow in lawn type areas or woods edges. The usual growing season is late summer to fall. You will find other varieties of puffballs in the spring but the giant is a usual fall type mushroom.
Best practice when collecting any puffballs is to cut it in half from top to bottom - or if your left handed - from bottom to top - lol, to make sure that it is actually a puffball that you have. Of course with these giants you will more than likely not see the outline of a developing cap and stalk, but with smaller puffballs, an immature giant included, you could be surprised after the cut is made and see that you have a young regular mushroom - maybe a bad Amanita or Lepiota.
Langermannia gigantea ( Calvatia gigantea and Calvatia maxima are other names ) - A/K/A Giant Puffball.
Weather conditions: Wet. The two weeks prior to finding this one our area was had intermittent rain, more on the rain side than dry. There was rain the night before and the day found.