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
Dentinum repandum / formerly Hydnum repandum
Hedgehog mushroomThese are real bonus finds when picking golden chanterelles. Color is very similar to chanterelles, orange, like a hunter's blaze orange outfit. When you find a bunch of chanterelles sometimes these hedgehogs will be nearby.
Sometimes while checking out a patch of blaze orange mushrooms that is seen in the distance you will find out that they are hedgehogs instead of chanterelles.
In the case of these mushrooms it is a great find.
In dry weather or when a bit mature, or both, the bright blaze orange color will fade some appearing as a washed out hunter's outfit, almost a chamois leather hue.
Hedgehogs are in the mushroom group that are collectively called 'teeth fungi', hence 'dentinum' for 'dent' = tooth, teeth. '
Because of these teeth the group itself is usually easy to identify.
Note the brown bruises in the photos - one of the identification characteristics.
Injured, bruised or cut areas will turn brownish. Flesh is whitish. This cut-in-half sample shows the flesh, the spines and injured areas.
A great characteristic of these hedgehogs is that they are a solid sturdy mushroom.
Here is one being held so you can get an idea of the size. The hedgehog is not a large mushroom, at least not those found in southwestern Pennsylvania.
If you find 6 inch cap spans you are finding good sized ones.
Taste is similar to the golden chanterelle.
If you like chanterelles you will love these. Plus they grow in similar habitats. I have found these in hardwood forests with oak and lots of beech. I have also found them in pine needle duff.
Dentinum repandum / Hydnum repandum - A/K/A - Hedgehog, Sweet Tooth.
Weather conditions were dry for several days. Generally the season has been dry during the end of July and Early August. The particular area in Forest County however is usually very dark and stays a bit more damp than most due to the thick pine tree canopy.