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Posted: 13 October 2013 07:01 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Found 2 giant puffballs this weekend and fried one up like morels.  Not to bad really.  Anybody ever tried them or have a better recipe?

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Posted: 14 October 2013 07:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Never tried it but find alot every year.  Didn’t know you could eat them

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Posted: 14 October 2013 08:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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These things were the size of volleyballs.  Created quite the feast!

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Posted: 14 October 2013 06:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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We fry the puff balls up every year. The ones that are the size of softballs are better (we think) We fry them plain in butter/olive oil, with a light coat of breading, and with egg and breading. All are good. Pheasant back mushrooms are really good to. They are out at this time of year as well.

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Posted: 14 October 2013 10:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I fry them up in butter and garlic, sometimes a little sherry or onion or both.  Breading would be a great addition, think I will try that next time.

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Posted: 15 October 2013 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thanks for the replies.  Ill have to keep my eye out for pheasant back mushrooms as well.  Garlic sounds like a good idea.

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Posted: 19 October 2013 03:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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RE. Pheasant Back

I’ve read in a book on Illinois Edible Mushrooms that Pheasant Back can sometimes cause gastro-intestinal issues so it is best to slice young shrums and blanch’m first.  Pour off juice and then cook in butter, oil and spices like garlic, salt and pepper.  I also fry up my favorite game meat with soy (or one’s favorite sauce) and serve together.

I am also harvesting fresh Chicken Mushroom, Oyster and other edibles in Tazewell County.

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Posted: 27 October 2013 05:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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StikMan - 19 October 2013 03:48 AM

I am also harvesting fresh Chicken Mushroom, Oyster and other edibles in Tazewell County.

Having much luck recently?

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Posted: 27 October 2013 01:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Murdy -

I’ve been out of state for the past week and a half ... I was in Boone, NC last Tuesday at the Turtle Island Preserve when I thought I discovered the ‘mother-lode’ of Chicken Mushrooms.  I went and got a 5 gallon bucket and hiked up the ridge ... They were Jack o Lanterns (inedible).  Bummer ... Did see some other edibles but did not harvest them because they were not enough for the entire crew there ... plus they raise their own Shitakes (sic) as well.

I’ll go out on an early walk in the morning and see what’s available in Tazewell Co.

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PS - I thought that I de-hydrated my Chicken Mushrooms enough before I left but when I went to hydrate them for some stir fry snacks they were covered with mold in my plastic container ... bummer!

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Posted: 22 November 2013 10:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Oyster Mushrooms should be abundant after these rains ... I found some yesterday in Tazewell County ... Be sure to do a spore print (white to lilac) and check the gills underneath.  If they are serrated-toothed, rather than long smooth gills and the fungus is hot to the raw taste-test ... spit it out (Bear Lentinus)!  Oyster Mushrooms harvested in the late fall/ early winter may be a darker brown, but never orange (Orange Mock Oyster).

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