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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Golden Chanterelle.Every few years we have a really nice wet July and August here in southwestern Pennsylvania.
If you like eating wild mushrooms then you love it when it's hot and wet.
There is nothing quite as peaceful, quiet and mycociting ( mushroom excitment ) as walking in the wet dim woods in the early morning that time of year.
You just know that there will be many mushroom varieties out-and-about to choose from and identify. And you can bet your bippy that while walking about in that dimness you will see little orange beacons in the leaf duff in patches here and there. More than likely those will be Golden Chanterelles, one of the more premier of the edible wild mushrooms.
Here is enough for a good omelette - lol.
Golden Chanterelles grow mostly in deciduous woods in our area. On occasion they can be found in pine woods but if I was going to go look for them in new areas pines would not be my first choice. The best woods for these have a lot of oak and beech trees.
They are commonly called Golden Chanterelles because they are often a gold color. However they are just as often more of an orange color, like a hunter's suit, especially when young and fresh.
Just about always they have a wavy margin. And when very young that margin is enrolled a bit.
They can be described as having a depressed center, sometimes so depressed that they can take on a musical 'Horn-like' appearance or funnel shape.
Here is a nice group being held.
There are other mushrooms, some quite bad, that are close in color and size so it is important to carefully check the spore bearing surface underneath. Golden Chanterelles will NOT have gills.
Once you find a patch of these make sure you never forget it. They grow every year in the same area - as long as the weather conditions cooperate. You can pick these every few days from July through the end of August in our area of southwestern Pa.
I especially like picking Golden Chanterelles in mossy areas.
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Cantharellus cibarius - A/K/A - Golden Chanterelles.
Weather conditions were dry for several days. Generally the season has been dry during the end of July and early August. This particular area however is very damp on most occasions, even in dry weather.