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Old Oct 23, 2014, 4:13 pm   #1
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Oysters?

I'm 99% sure these are oysters. They look like oysters and smell like oysters but I don't want that 1% to make us sick.

It was growing on a very knobby tree. I thought it was an oak at first but then thought it was a willow. It was a dead tree with tons of character and lots of different mushrooms. You can see the cute cup fungi in the picture. Of course I had to blow on it and it didn't fail to delight with a puff of spores. Gawd I'm such a geek.

Spores are white. The poor mushrooms sure got beat up in my hen bag!
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Old Oct 23, 2014, 10:56 pm   #2
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Nice pictures. They sure look like oysters. That being said... we are fairly new to the mushroom scene. happy hunting
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 2:00 am   #3
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Sure look like prime fall oysters, the white spore print confirms. Enjoy them beauties. They do have a unique odor & I think they are stronger in the fall.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 11:01 am   #4
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Re: Oysters?

Thanks for the input. I put a few on the grill last night. Not sure what to do with the rest. Probably just add them to my hen and velvet foot soup.

I've often wondered how they would be coated in Drakes and pan fried like bluegills?
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 1:00 pm   #5
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I like them dusted with flour & browned in butter. Just gives a crisp light coating. A heavy breading seems to diminish there flavor, but try it & see.
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Old Oct 28, 2014, 4:14 pm   #6
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Re: Oysters?

I would like to try it that way but after eating those mushrooms the other day I don't feel well. Like I have a cold. I wonder if I can't handle the spore load. I get like this after morel season too. Exhausted, kind of achy, stuffy nose and in a total brain fog. I call it my Morel Malaise. I do pick oysters at the same time as morels. hmmmm I don't get like this from Hens.

Or maybe I do have a cold. Second one this season if so!

I saw some nice oysters today and left them on the tree. May have found some mouse ears
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Old Oct 28, 2016, 7:28 pm   #7
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Second time I have read of "drakes". What is drakes?
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Old Oct 29, 2016, 12:32 pm   #8
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It's a Fish Batter, or a great Mushroom Batter. I use it all the time. Only one I buy.
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Old Oct 29, 2016, 5:09 pm   #9
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I'll look for it next time I'm getting groceries. The mushrooms I found growing in the lawn under the pin oak looked just like these. Currently doing spore prints on a white sheet of paper but so far no print has been made since I set it out yesterday afternoon. Just dampened paper. I threw the mushrooms into the back yard into the ivy. Might still be salvageable if I can find out what they are.
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Old Oct 30, 2016, 10:36 am   #10
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Not sure if you know but oysters only grow on wood. Whatever is gwowing in your yard is something else.
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