Deer Mushrooms

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by Butch, Nov 24, 2006.

  1. Butch

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    I've been getting contradictory information on Deer Mushrooms, are they posionious or not?
     

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  2. MycoRob

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    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.
     
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    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
     

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