Lilac. Similar to Pink Oyster Mushrooms, yellows are a warm weather strain, able to withstand higher fruiting temperatures. If they smell too fishy they’re no good. How fun to walk beside on your awesome grounds … you, the fine teacher, Clare, and me … with so much to learn! This is usually funnel shaped with a split so the funnel is incomplete. I don’t see a rim that borders a hat. Mock Oyster Mushroom (Phyllotopsis nidulans) - click any image to enlarge. Top Keepers and Discards ... SP creamy, pale yellow. Read More…. For more guides on how to pick our most common and delicious mushrooms – click on the pictures below.  Trudell, S., and Ammirati J. This guide on how to identify and pick oyster mushrooms will hopefully help you understand the basics of oyster mushroom hunting. This page tells you how to identify Pleurotus ostreatus, the "true" oyster mushroom. They love growing on deciduous trees, which means any type of tree that has leaves. If the mushrooms appear much darker than when they were picked or purchased, or if they develop dark spots or blemishes, they have gone bad, according to the Ohio State University website. The mushroom holds up to a good wringing out surprisingly well, whereas sautéing wet lion’s mane spoils the texture. Plus, they have some pretty awesome health benefits.. Of course, you could always just find your oyster mushrooms at the grocery store, or even grow them yourself- but there is something special about finding them in the wild. The term "false morel" describes a few species of mushrooms that contain a toxin known as monomethyl hydrazine (MMH). Oyster mushrooms ... yellow or pink caps. This clump alone weighs about 0.5 kilos. (In fact, Tuber is the name of the Two views of Tuber canaliculatum. Jack-o-lantern mushrooms are very toxic and look somewhat alike, but the similarities end at color. As you’d expect, golden oysters are a bright yellow color. The cap is usually 5 to 25cm (2 to 10”) across and it grows in a shelf-like formation often with overlapping clusters. Follow the below pointers to increase your chances of finding oyster mushrooms. I shall beware the false oyster. flesh is off-white, firm. Taste ACRID. I changed it immediately. They were however, otherwise typical of the species. The oyster mushroom is a widely spread mushroom that grows on dead or dying trees. P. x. Happy New Year Joey! However, there are other mushrooms in the Pleurotus genus that are referred to as oysters. As this fungus matures, the cap margins flatten out. 2. Identification – 2/5 – 5-20cm diameter pale to dark grey, brown or occasionally olivaceous brackets growing in overlapping tiers; crowded cream to fawn gills running down the full length of the underside, converging to a “nub” but no obvious stipe. Jack-o-lantern mushrooms are very toxic and look somewhat alike, but the similarities end at color. Two highly desirable and popular edible mushrooms also have toxic look-alikes, Cotter said. It is the first picture on my current blog post…, I couldn’t quite tell if yours was or not. Generally, I pay attention to trees that have fallen over or look like they are dying as these are the perfect breeding grounds for oyster mushrooms. Unfortunately, I didn’t care much for the taste, but it was a fun experience cutting and cooking it. The oyster mushroom is a widely spread mushroom that grows on dead or dying trees. Pleurotus ostreatus. Their hat is pretty flat and this is pretty suspicious for me. Hope the pictures are clear enough. . 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We’ve lived here 4 years and it is totally new thing! I wish all fungi were that easy to find here…especially morels! Since I am not a professional paparazzi these were taken with my cellphone but you can still see that treading lightly when looking around trees is very important to this specimen. I wonder if that is the fungus on my white ash stump. Another nice quality about oyster mushrooms is that they grow in the same location multiple times a year, year after year, so you may think about dropping a pin on your phone to mark the location. Confusing a chanterelle for a jack-o-lantern is like confusing a deer for an antelope.