Last Updated - 7.24.2013
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
Meadow Mushroom / Pinky / Pink Bottom
I don't know about you but when I am out-and-about driving in the countryside after there has been several days of rain in warm weather - Spring, Summer or Fall - I have trouble keeping my eyes on the road.
The stem will usually have an annulus ( a fragment of the veil appearing as a ring ).
The stems are generally equal, sometimes a bit narrowed at the bottom. They will appear a bit hairy below the ring.
Do what I have been doing for 35 years - pick only the perfect prototype:
1. First, make absolutely sure the gills are pink when young.
2. Pull the entire stem, even the portion below the ground, to make sure there is no volva.
3. For the buttons, look for the pink.
Even the little buttons, when very young ( and really delicious ) need to be checked.
Open the veil a bit and look inside.
4. Cut the buttons in half to be certain that:
A. There will be gills developing ( puffball buttons will sometimes fool you ), and
B. If so, whether you can tell if they will be pink ( if you can't say for certain that they will - pitch it ).
Here is a very young button stage mushroom cut right down the middle.
It can be seen readily that it is a 'gilled' mushroom ( therefore not a puffball )
AND that this mushroom's gills are pinkish, even at this early stage.
Agaricus compestris - A/K/A - Meadow Mushroom, Pinky, Pinkies, Pink Bottom.
Weather conditions: It has been very hot and dry in 2012. However, where they have grown in the past they appeared again after a bit of wet weather.