Hi everyone! Well, here we, hopefully, begin a new series about our wild mushrooms. Many of our mushrooms are found over much of eastern N. America and even in Europe and Asia. This one today is called “Resinous Polypore”.
It is mainly found on dead deciduous trees and stumps, but can be found on conifers as well, like this one which is on a balsam fir. Polypores are generally tough and hard, but these can be quite soft when young, becoming harder with age.
Apparently they are edible when soft and young and are best gently stewed. I took a picture or two when I first saw it this spring on May 11. It was soft and velvety to touch. But then the other day, on September 12, it was growing all around the edge, almost like it was foaming! It was still soft and was covered with liquid drops which I did not touch not knowing what was going on.
But this is something normal for this mushroom and not dangerous. This example is about 7 inches (nearly 18cm) across and the light colored rim is about 1 inch (2.5cm) thick. This is the first time I have seen this mushroom (beginning in May), and seeing it grow like this. The center part gets darker with age and so begins getting harder.
I have looked around but have not seen any others in the area of this specimen. They usually begin to grow in September/October, so this one probably began last fall when I was not walking to the river. Sorry this got a little longer than I had planned. Thanks for reading, have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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