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Looks like an Eringii or a Porcini?
Charles, Might be a straw mushroom as well?
looks alot like this one http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/lycoperdon-excipuliforme.php
Best shroom site I have found is http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/~agaricaceae.php
I am not however a mushroom harvester
I agree w/ Jan . looks like a "puffball" to me.
Keep an eye on it .. if it is .. it will grow significantly in size & be spongy later in life .. puffing out its insides (spores) if squeezed to the point of bursting.
I agree with you Steve. I don't eat any mushrooms. I don't like them.
BTW, I think we need two words instead of just one. Edible means it won't hurt you to eat it. Eatable means you would want to eat it.
But is it safe to eat?
The only mushroom I know how to identify in the wild that is edible (according to the Army Field Manuals) is the Shelf Mushroom.
BTW "Edible" does NOT mean it tastes good.
Steve, you mentioned carp. Here is my recipe for carp.
Place the cleaned carp on a cedar board. Season to your taste. Bake in a 350 degree oven til done. Remove from the oven, throw away the carp, and eat the board!
Steve, I think that guy was several bricks short of a full load! LOL
I used to know a guy that had the same recipy for CATFISH!
(of course, he was at least one or two bricks shy of a full load. He thought Purina dog food was an excellent snack ... and not just when he was drunk. He also seemed to enjoy taking a wizz on an activated electric fence. He must have, since he did that more than once ...)
ROFL ! Obviously the lights were on but nobody was home !