Pennsylvania is home to a wide variety of wild mushrooms harvestable throughout the year. Here are my 8 favorite mushrooms to forage for.
Chicken of the Woods is an awesome mushroom that has the texture of chicken and can really take on the flavor of the dish you are preparing.
There are hundreds of different types of Mushrooms in Pennsylvania. While note edible, they are beautiful. This page has a sample of mushrooms that are not necessarily toxic but are not considered palatable.
I was excited to see a new mushroom so we picked them to save in case we found out later they were edible. They are indeed edible, but… make sure you eat them fast. We kept our overnight in a paper bag and they went to spore but the next morning.
If you are looking for good eats, here are mushrooms we have found throughout western PA. Where possible, I tried getting multiple images from multiple angles.
Growing up, we were told this was Poison Sumac. Turns out, this is Staghorn Sumac and practically the entire plant is editable (or at least, useful) in some form or another! We are lucky enough to have 4 or 5 of these growing in our yard and this year, we cut down...
Oyster mushrooms are an extremely common mushroom in western Pennsylvania and very easy to recognize. Keep your eye out for these tasty treats growing on a tree near you!