Edible Mushrooms in PA – Western Pennsylvania Mushrooms

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.
Self-healing mushroom grain jar caps

Looking to identify Mushrooms in your area?

The National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms is a great resource.  I would also recommend picking up the Field Guide on trees if you are looking to become an active forager as trees are a great indicator of what types of mushrooms you might find.

Armillaria mellea

AKA: Honey Mushrooms

Butyriboletus Frostii

AKA: Candy Apple Bolete


AKA: Chanterelle Mushrooms

Hericium Coralloides 

AKA: Coral Tooth Fungus

A great Beginner's Guide

This book takes the questionable mushrooms out of the equation in foraging. I had a great day mushroom hunting with this book by my side. This book is not a definitive guide to foraging mushrooms.  There are many more mushrooms that are choice edible, but this guide will help you stay safe and get into foraging!

Clavicorona Pyxidata

Crowd-Tipped Coral

Cantharellus Minor

Laetiporus sulphureus – Chicken of the Woods

Learn More about Chicken of the Woods

Lycoperdon Pyriforme

AKA: Gem Studded Puffballs, Pear-Shaped Puffball Mushrooms

Phylloporus Rhodoxanthus

AKA: Gilled Bolete

Pleurotus Ostreatus

AKA: Oyster Mushrooms

Learn more about Oyster Mushrooms.

Polyporus squamosus

AKA: Dryad's Saddle, Pheasant Back

Mushroom Growing Naming Convention

As I continue to ramp up my mushroom growing endeavors, I am finding that I need to take better notes on my batches from the creation of the substrate to the inoculation and grow room.  To help with this, I am coming up with a naming convention for my grow outs and thought I would share it with everyone.

7 Amazing Wild Mushrooms in PA

Pennsylvania is home to a wide variety of wild mushrooms harvestable throughout the year. Here are my 8 favorite mushrooms to forage for.

Laetiporus Sulphureus – Chicken of the Woods

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.

Easy to Make Mushroom Grain Jar Caps

It’s super easy to make your own Mushroom Grain Jar caps with self-healing injection ports. Here is how!

How to Make: Lapin à la Moutarde

Lapin à la Moutarde is French. I made this and it’s rich and intoxicating and layered in flavor. I enjoyed my time reading about the dish and then actually preparing it. You can use the whole rabbit for this dish, I look forward to preparing it again.

~ Laurie Luther @lutherhomestead.com



  1. Charles

    I need all pictures of edible mushrooms in western Pennsylvania thank you

    • Robb

      I don’t have pictures of ALL edible mushrooms. What are you looking to do?

  2. Terry Crawford

    What to identify enable mushrooms

  3. Katie King

    Hi! I’m an 85 yr. old chick writing a sequel to a book I published last year.it’s up on Amazon great reviews..takes place in Pittsburgh Pa. where I grew up, in sequel I plan a murder where a son deliberately kills his mother, she’s evil, so I need a perfectly good tasty mushroom in this case, used in German dish, schnitzel.need .the name of a common poison mushroom that can easily be mistaken for the good one that is edible..my ques..is there such a mushroom in Pa. that is easily confused? Can you help me? I’d really appreciate some help on this..nead forpart in story..thanks so much for any help you can offer.

    • Robb

      Hi Katie, A death cap or a destroying angle would work well for you.
      He would probably want to mix it in with button caps or Shitake so it goes unnoticed. 🙂
      Hope that helps!


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