Hey Guys - while I was out looking Saturday I took a few pics.
What are these called ? Can you eat em ?
Are they any count ? If so - how do you cook em ?
I see these quite a lot on oak trees around here.
They were growing on a oak tree and looked all dried up and way past picking time - perhaps last summer or fall they were fresh. This tree had a string of these all the way from the base reaching up 30 foot or so on the tree. I saw several other trees with these.
The first pic is dried up Turkey Tail. Not tasty at all but they are medicinal when dried and ground up. Supposed to be good for treating prostate cancer. But once again this is my opinion and no one should eat these based on someones opinion on the internet.
Second pic appears to be a type of small puff ball. Never seen this particular species before thou but they resemble a few I have seen. Check them out later when they dry out and they will probably \"Poof\" when you kick them.
TN make sure you check around that tree on the left that is blowen down. You need to check that area were soil is disturbed. Look for area's were water runs and moves soil around check all barriers rock outcrops, roads, trails (deer), change of tree's etc. Check those area's first and fan out from there. Nice Pics!
I found them by the hundreds last year. Many bigger than basketballs. When the flesh is pure white inside they are edible. If the flesh is slightly brown or green they are going bad and not edible. There is only one good way to fix them IMHO, slice them thin 1/4 to 1/2 thick dip them in some eggs mixed with milk, roll them in flower and then pan fry them like a morel mushroom until golden brown. They are pretty good. The texture is very much like a marshmallow but pan frying them until golden brown firms them up a bit. Just one large puff ball will feed a family until you eventually get tired of them. I picked a few last year and gave some away as well as eating some too.
Trahn007 that's some some great advise for many that want to find mushrooms early. I had mentioned Southwest facing slopes around rocky outcrops that holds the heat. Trahn007 mentioned the gravel along blacktop roads that hold their heat too. I have found many along railroad tracks as well due to the rocks by the railroad ties holding the heat.