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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Black morels, white morels, grey's, rubbernecks, peckerheads, blond's, red's, half-free's, yellow morels, longnecks, etc., etc. Many names. All very confusing.
What makes it even a bit more difficult is that often, both the time and the associated trees have to be together. You can for example be in the perfect habitat, conduct searches several times over several days in that habitat and be unsuccessful, possibly because you are too early or possibly too late already.
So what constitutes a really good habitat?
An area that has several of these species intermixed, if you can find it, would be perfect.
If you are diligent - very diligent - and search in the proper habitat and if the weather is of the proper type, you can start finding little Black Morels as early as late March. I have found them as early as March 28.
If you're searching in late March or early April, for instance in stands of trees which are predominately tulip poplar like the photos further down show, you will need to train your 'Morel Eyes' to be alert for darker colors and smaller treasures.