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Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Butch, Nov 24, 2006.
I've been getting contradictory information on Deer Mushrooms, are they posionious or not?
If you mean dear mushrooms to be Pluteus cervinus, then I can say that I eat them. (I cannot confirm that your picture is of P. cervinus, however). Make sure it has a pinkish spore print. This along with the fact it grows on wood (i.e. it is not an Entoloma) and that it has no volva (i.e. it is not a Volvariella) makes for 3 very good identifying characteristics.
They are a good filler mushroom, meaning they don't taste great but if you need a standard tasting mushroom for something, this is good. I find they come out a little slimy after cooking, as well.
Lastly, most people think they get their name 'deer mushroom' because deer eat them. This is incorrect; they get their name because the cap color.
Thanks so much,
I'll check for a pink spore print, ans everything else is a confirmation. I'm worknig on a catalog of local mushrooms. I should have some Russulas (Emetric) coming up