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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Some of the authors of mushroom guides wonder why they call these Oyster mushrooms.
Wet weather in the spring and fall will bring out the Oyster mushroom varieties.
Often, when these start to appear, you will find so many that you will want to limit yourself on such bounty or you will rue having picked them all because of all that preparation you will face when you get them home.
Here is a view of the same group looking up from below. You will notice the decurrent gills and the lateral stalk. The cap is more or less a continuation and expansion of the stalk so that as the stalk grows out from the tree the cap just keeps getting bigger. You can actually find itty-bitty Oysters that are practically nothing but stalk and gills, at least until it gets bigger.
These mushrooms can get to be good sized. Here is another group from the same tree.
If you look closely at this photo you will see what looks like some crumbs on the surface of a cap. That's a sign that the mushroom above has some Oyster beetles getting their daily fill.
Best practice when collecting Oysters is to cleanly cut off the shelf one at a time and inspect it for dirt and bugs. Don't put anything in your collection bag or basket that you do not want to eat. Taking your time at the tree will save a lot of cleaning time at home.
Pleurotus ostreatus ( Pleurotos sapidus ) - A/K/A Oyster mushroom, Late Oyster, Fall Oyster.
Weather conditions: Wet. The two weeks prior to finding these our area has had intermittent rain, more on the rain side than dry. Two straight days of sporadic rain just before finding these.