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

Blewits
Clitocybe nuda

Brick Caps / Brick Tops
Hypholoma sublateritium

Cauliflower Mushroom
Sparassis spathulata

Chicken of the Woods
Laetiporus sulphureus

Chaga
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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RARE FINDS and/or QUESTIONABLE

The Prince ? or Almond Mushroom ?
Agaricus augustus or A. subrufescens
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Hericium erinaceus

Lion's Mane / Old Man's Beard

Not a common find but if you remember where you found them in the past you can get to them again when the prime mushroom picking season has run it's course.
I have found these here in southwest Pennsylvania as late as mid November.
Photo of a Lion's Mane mushroom - Hericium erinaceus
The one growing under the tree trunk shown above was spotted due to ESP. Over the 35 years that I have been picking wild mushrooms I have developed 'MESP' ( mushroom ESP ). I have had so many occasions where I have found what I was looking for because of some premonition. You know, like turning left instead of right, or going up the hill instead of down or turning around to look behind me at some unexpected time. This MESP really became developed over the years during various Springs when the Morels played their hide-n-seek games with me. It helps immensely to have MESP, especially when hunting down Morels, and even more especially, the little black ones.

Anyway, the one above was spotted after I walked twenty yards past it, on my way to a loaded Barberry bush, and all of a sudden I had that gut feeling to look behind me. Sure enough, there it was, sticking out like sore thumb.
The wild mushroom god, Mycorella, put a spot light on it via the rays of the afternoon's setting sun. Anyone would have seen it once turned around.

It really feels great to find some good mushrooms when you don't really expect to have a good haul during cold Fall weather.
Photo of a Lion's Mane mushroom - Hericium erinaceus

Here is a close-up to help with the ID. There is not a lot to describe. There is one main cushiony stem from which all the spines droop.
When fresh Lion's Mane is mostly on the white side. As it ages it starts to become more cream color than white.
You want these when they are white.
Photo of a Lion's Mane mushroom - Hericium erinaceus

You will find these in the Fall, a mild Winter and again in the Spring growing on hardwood tree trunks. They can be on living trees ( just barely ) or they can be on dead trees or downed trunks.
Make a note of where found - even if you don't pick it because it's to far gone - because next year its' abode will be a destination to look forward to.

In addition to being a very tasty mushroom it has been thoroughly studied as a mushroom with very high medicinal value. See the latest study by the NIH.


Hericium erinaceus - A/K/A - Old Man's Beard.
DATE - November 1, 2011.
FOUND - Laurel Hill State Park, near Bakersville, Pennsylvania.
Growing at the cut end of a downed hardwood tree. All I could tell was it was deciduous.

Weather conditions: Wet - due to the record snowfall Halloween Eve 2011.

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