8 most unusual mushrooms that don’t look like mushrooms at all!

Our forests hide many bizarre and funny-looking fungi, but many of us have never seen these wonderful creations by Mother Nature. Let’s discover the strangest of them right now!


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Joe Conway
Joe Conway
If it's presentation that counts in cooking: Numb Yum
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Jul 10, 2016 8:28PM
Donna Crim
Growing up in CA I have always been afraid of mushrooms, as I was taught to be. One day in El Dorado County I noticed a garden of mushrooms under an oleander bush. My husband being a Hoosier recognized the mushrooms as morels. He had me sauté a skillet full and I was so against doing this - I thought they would be poison, but he ate the skillet full and lived!
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Jul 10, 2016 8:34PM
Thelma Lumpkin
Thelma Lumpkin
How about the Morel mushroom which looks like a brain on a short stem?? I was told that they only grow from the roots of a dying apple tree. I had 3 old apple trees die on my property, and Morels were growing from all of them...ate them sauteed, accompanied by a glass of champagne. Delicious.
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Jul 10, 2016 8:47PM
Richard Gauthier
Richard Gauthier
never but i think about getting into growing some edible ones
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Jul 10, 2016 9:09PM
Larry Freeman
Larry Freeman
While not easy to find, morels generally grow abundantly in Oklahoma, depending upon rainfall amounts, but we find them mainly around dead elm trees--occasionally oak. They usually sell for between $25-40 a pound, if you can find someone who wants to sell them instead of eating them.
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Jul 10, 2016 9:10PM
Laura G Torres
Very interesting. I had never know about so many diferent types of mushrooms. Thanks for the information.
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Jul 10, 2016 9:29PM
Janice Loggins
Janice Loggins
Fascinating information!!!
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Jul 10, 2016 10:22PM
jendarith
I foraged out a 5 pound, 12 inch long, lions mane or bearded tooth fungii (#2 above) nestled inside a large fallen, water oak tree trunk here in north Louisiana last Sprung. I took it back to the house and after cleaning and slicing thin (looks like chicken), marinated, cooked, and ate some from a skillet, freezing the rest for later. Fairly tasteless but palatable fungii which takes any marinade well. It was awesome with pulled pork. My favorite here though is the meadow mushrooms, which fairly well resemble and smell like a scaled down version of portabellos. It too is awesome, last marinaded in teriyaki sauce and sesame seed oil, which I grilled with chicken filets. My policy is try to learn edible fungii that either have no lookalikes or their lookalikes are edible also. Can't go wrong this way.
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Jul 10, 2016 11:48PM
Nicholas M Lombardo
Nicholas M Lombardo
none look apetising
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Jul 10, 2016 11:53PM
Lynn Beasley
Lynn Beasley
#5,6&7...
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Jul 10, 2016 11:54PM
neiler1970
I've seen the stinkhorn lattice her and some of the others on other planets
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Jul 10, 2016 11:57PM
Ian MacBrown
The only ones Ive seen are the puff balls and I thought they were toxic. Ive always been told not to eat any fungi found in the wild just to be safe.
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Jul 11, 2016 12:00AM
Bill Archer
Wild.
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Jul 11, 2016 12:02AM
James Powell
James Powell
Larry Freeman that was me as a kid! We had Pear, Apricot, Apple trees, and the wild ones deep in the woods. Sautéed w/ onions, butter, and served with fresh caught Crappe or Bass was the best!
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Jul 11, 2016 12:53AM
Larry Freeman
Larry Freeman
James Powell Oh man, I know! I've still got 1 1/2 pounds put up dried in vaccuum sealed bags from this past spring... my salivary glands are working overtime now just thinking about 'em! Not quite drooling, but close
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Jul 11, 2016 1:04AM

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