I packed up the dogs this morning and went hunting the oyster mushroom. I believe the mushroom I pick on dead or dying poplar trees this time of year to be Pleurotus populinus, although today I met up with a fellow who told me no that couldn’t be true because Pleurotus populinus isn’t listed in Baron’s guide. He believes the mushrooms are Pleurotus dryinus, but I think they have a suede-like texture and these mushrooms do not. In any case, we can agree to call them oyster mushrooms and we can agree that they grow on dead or dying poplar trees for a brief period this time of year.
Today I had guests, my old friend A and two new friends my brother asked me to take along. Fortunately, we found plenty of tasty mushrooms for everybody.