Saturday, May 10, 2008


I don't know about everyone else, but I sure had a fun time viewing Friday's Sky Watch entries...thank you Tom for hosting it. I still have not made it to every one's site but will probably still try to make a few more visits. At least this week I am not sitting here trying to type with one hand while I hold a baby bunny with the other.

I am going to try to take a picture of Clover during the next few days. I would never have dreamed that having little bunny would wear me out, but it does. Yet it is worth it. Its eyes opened earlier this week, I have been feeding it just a few three-leaf clovers, which she/he totally enjoys.

Part of what wears me out is the fact that the cats will not leave the cage alone, so I no more than sit down till I have to get a newspaper after them. They can't really get to the bunny, but I want them to get the idea that it is out of bounds. Bubbie is so hard headed I am not sure he is ever going to learn.

Now for the pictures below. On his way home from work, my husband happened to catch a glimpse of these 'tree' mushrooms growing on a rotten tree not even a mile from here. He turned around and went back and got them. The National Audubon's Mushroom book calls them oyster mushrooms. He has hunted them all his life and these are the biggest he has ever seen...and for sure the biggest I have seen.

The color on top is different at different times of the year. Here and here are places that has really good pictures of them growing--at the first link, the top two pictures really give you a good view of how we find them growing. We like to clean these and usually just tear them apart along the gills into thin strips and coat them with flour and fry until crisp and brown. These were so big they had to be cut a little more.

We had some last night, then Roger took some to work and in their shop they have a stove and he and the guys fried and ate a bunch at work. And we have two or three bags frozen for later use. I like them almost as well as I do morels...they have an almost slightly nutty taste. Usually they don't have as many of those little tiny bugs as morels, but this bunch did.


dot said...

Oh my goodness! That thing is huge! I've never seen one that size either.
Sounds like the cats and the bunny rabbit are keeping you busy.

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hello Rose,
(with your beautiful front-name)
I cannot get enough from your "secret" objects are those fish or paddo's? (kind of mushroom) It looks impresive to me, I like strange 'things' I also like your blog, please come and visit mine?

Greeings from JoAnn (Holland)

Old Wom Tigley said...

These are certainly the biggest I've seen.... I love these, I cook them with a knob of butter salt pepper and a clove or two of garlic.. I like them with chicken and ham as well...

I'm glad you enjoyed Sky Watch... I did to, but then I always do.. I was well on my way to seeing all but my PC went slow in the evening so I had to shut dow twice... I give up in the end and today all was fine.

Carletta said...

Huge is an understatement!
Nice post Rose.

Barb said...

Oh my, what large mushrooms! How do you know when they are safe to eat? Always great things shared with your pics, thank you!

The Texican said...

Those things are huge. I think they look more like giant clams than oysters. Try this on for size.
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affect - something happens to you.

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Clear as mud?

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Max-e said...

Hi Rose, I have been browsing throuugh your ste reading the posts. I am no longer brave enough to eat wild mushrooms even if I know they are safe.
I Zimbabwe many years ago I developed a taste for horse mushrooms. They were delicious and big so there was always plenty. I have seen some really big ones these being used as umbrellas.
On one occassion I was a real glutton not know at the time that these were also halucinogenic. Let's just say I was not a happy puppy and have never eaten them since :)

Kelly said...


These are Huge!!! I can't believe it! If you hadn't said that one could eat these Oyster mushrooms, I would never have believed it! My gosh, I would have been afraid that they were poisonous! These are the biggest mushrooms I've ever seen!!

Thanks so much for commenting on my mushroom looking fungi that were growing all over the trees! I appreciate your input and also for the link to this post!! Anyway, I am just so shocked at all the varieties of mushrooms! As you can tell, I don't know a whole lot about them! But, I'm learning and the more that I have read and seen, the more interested I'm getting in studying about them! If OK with you, I will tell people to check out this post so they can see photos of your "real" enormous mushrooms and read about them! This is very interesting to me!!!

Thanks again for showing me these photos and for the information!