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    Backyard Mushrooms

    Anyone out there any good at identifying backyard mushrooms? I've got at least 67 different varieties. After 20 years in a *cold* dry climate, I'm not used to this mild wet stuff in the Pacific Northwest.

    The first one I think is a Shaggy Mane. Correct me if I'm wrong. I could only do 3 photos because it's getting dark here....Anyone know the others? Is that a morel?

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    Cynthia...I hate to say it....but they look like the ones I saw being passed around at a Kansas concert back in 1974.
    But then again I could be wrong

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    aaaah I don't remember that Dom because I was passed out myself.
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    http://www.earthy.com/Fresh_Morel_Mu...__1_lb_P75.cfm

    The above is a link to morel -- your photo is NOT a morel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom DiCara View Post
    Cynthia...I hate to say it....but they look like the ones I saw being passed around at a Kansas concert back in 1974.
    But then again I could be wrong
    All the ones I saw back then were dried, so I don't know what they look like in the wild.

    Cynthia, go ahead and eat one...if you post here and it doesn't make any sense, then we'll know what kind they are.
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    Just me, but after hearing about all the families that die every year, thinking they know them...I'd just stay away. Not worth the $2.99/lb in the grocery store.

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    I used to go mushroom hunting with my dad as a kid. The Morels I remember my Grandma frying up were to die for. And that's from a little kid's tastebuds!

    I'm pretty sure the 3rd one is a deathcap. At least once a year in the bay area there will be some recent immigrants from asia who see them growing in a park somewhere. They look quite similar to the mushrooms from their homeland that they pick them, eat them, and then either die or suffer horrible organ damage.

    I love mushrooms, but I wouldn't pick them and eat them unless I had someone who really knew what they were confirm their heritage.

    (To be clear, I know nothing about identifying mushrooms other than keeping the dogs from eating them....)

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    Yeah, that third one scares me a lot. We got a lot of those in the bay area and I'd rush to pick them up before the dogs could get to them.

    Then again, I don't know anything about them. Just doesn't seem worth the risk, unless you are an expert.

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    the only thing I know about mushrooms, (college in the 70s), is that Kennett Square PA was famous for supplying most of the mushrooms that were edible.
    Dont know how true it is, but was told that back in college days.

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    I'm with the others, I buy mine at the store. Now my Dad used to get a great big thing called a sheeps head mushroom back when I was a kid but I've never seen em for sale. It was a really large mushroom and you could cut stakes of of it. Really tasty.
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