Mushroom Monday - Black Trumpets of Death

in Fungi Lovers26 days ago

Here are some mushroom finds for #mushroommonday by @balticbadger
I have finally found the rare well hidden black trumpet mushroom Craterellus cornucopioides.
These mushrooms are difficult to find because they blend into the dead leaves and are fairly small.
Here is an older specimen that has turned black, hence their common name black trumpets. The latin name Craterellus cornucopioides implies death for some reason but these are a nice edible gourmet mushroom that is related to the more common chanterelle mushroom.
These mushrooms pack a punch with regards to their taste. It is like an amplified mushroom taste so you only need a few for cooking and they work great with steak and gravy.
There are a few other rarer species of this mushroom as well but I am happy to have finally found the elusive Craterellus cornucopioides. Note the rough texture on top with the trumpet shape down the stem.
Also check out their strange gills. Very flat and veiny like a chanterelle. They also are a very thin mushroom with not much weight to them kind of like a dried up leaf.
I found these at Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine mountains in the upper peninsula of Michigan just on the edge of lake Superior. This region is loaded with all sorts of amazing mushrooms from late summer to fall. After the hike up the mountain it was a pleasant surprise to find these rare mushrooms growing all over the place.


Wish I was knowledgeable about wild mushrooms to add to my meals...

Just learn the main ones like morels, chicken of the woods, oysters and those should be good for plenty of meals since they are easy to recognize and fairly plentiful. Then go out a day after a good rain to check for them.

Thanks I'll check them out on the web...😊

Fall brings out the most edible mushrooms.

you may educate yourself, watching the posts in Fungi Lovers community. some authors make accents on shroom's edibility and which are good and bad. i.e. its not too late for you to find out, which mushrooms are out there at your area. blessings!

Thanks so much..will look for Fungi Lovers community...

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Super as always!

Thanks, its been a good year for mushrooms so far. Plus fall should bring out even better ones soon.

I wish you many mushrooms for beautiful photos and I will be waiting for them! :-)))

Here is a small preview of a cool one I found. 20200822_133436.jpg

It is great!

oh, and I totally forgot to say: my sincere congratulations on finding these! love very much both the story, the mushrooms, and their outlook. we dont have these around at all. I imagine how cool it would be, to find those nice sneaky little trumpets around the leaves. very, very cool find!
looking forward to other, blue ones.

They may actually grow in your region too if you have chanterelles around. They are just so camouflaged and hard to see. I'll post the blue ones tomorrow. They are just called blue green elf caps lol. I thought they would be something more exotic.

hmm... maybe... I discovered a nice site - devoted to the mushrooms growing around my city. intresting site! a lot of iDs of the local shrooms. and i've discovered already a lot of species I didnt find yet. but i figure out, most of this is captured in the areas located north to the city (pine forests and sand soil... pretty different to where I spend my summer vacays).

Wow that is a beautiful site, I may need to do a vacation up there one day for the mushrooms alone :-).

Here you go They do grow in your area.