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Name that mushroom

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One of my favorite things to do is hunt mushrooms.  I'll only post pictures that I took/harvested -- no Google allowed!  

Feel free to jump in if you have any to share.  Let's start with this beauty: 

 

 

It's about the size of my fist.  Here's a picture of the same type that got pretty big:

 

post #2 of 3
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hint: they typically grow on deal elm trees, during spring.  I found these morel hunting.  You can positively identify them by cutting them open -- they have a very distinct and familiar smell.

They're edible, but not incredible.  

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Welp, the answer was "Pheasant Back."  They smell like watermelon when cut open (and no other mushroom does, making them easy to identify).  They taste like nothing, really, but they're fun to pick and fry up.  Maybe that one was a little tricky; maybe I'm the only one who likes mushroom hunting...  I'll try again and see!  

 

These elusive delights are very edible and sought after.  I picked these mid-April: 

 

 

 

Found all over, really, after some good spring rain, but I avoid forests thick with pine and oak.  They like dead elm, cottonwood, poplar, fruit trees, cemeteries (for some reason), grass fields, and I have luck in the very center of thick thorn bushes...  

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