Old Oysters :D

Old oyster mushrooms with uncharacteristically long stalks. [on edit: I misidentified this one. See note below.]

[Correction:  After some discussion on my mushroom board, we think the following is the correct identification.  Still edible, but not as good.  🙂

Hypsizygus ulmarius certainly must hold the record for being the most often misnamed mushroom in America. While it was formerly known as Pleurotus ulmarius, the most common error has been to use the name Hypsizygus tessulatus. A report by Scott Redhead in Mycologia (1986), however, indicates that Hypsizygus tessellatus is a smaller mushroom which usually grows in clusters, and is widely cultivated in Japan as hon-shimeji.


I thought I’d better pop in and say hello while you all still remember who I am.  🙂

Have been pretty sick, but am starting to get back to normal now.  And our gorgeous weather that has a nip of fall in it is doing a good job of energizing me.

I’ve been watching this mushroom from the back deck for several days.  I wasn’t in a hurry to check it out because I figured it was another bearded tooth and they stay fresh for a while.

So today I finally grabbed my camera and went to check it out.  I was so sad to discover that they HAD been superb oyster mushrooms, but now were too far gone to cook.

The good news is that where oyster mushrooms fruit, they will generally have several fruitings, so I’ll keep a closer eye on it.  They like cooler weather, so I might get lucky!



  1. Who could forget you? Just curious…..how high are these oyster mushrooms from the ground? I’m assuming fairly low, but really wouldn’t know where to look.

    • Judy, they can be WAY up out of reach. These were within arm’s reach. And sometimes they grow on fallen trees which makes them very easy to harvest.

  2. Glad you are feeling better….and well enough to check out the shroom.

    Hope we have lots of pretty weather before the cold comes in.

    • It feels like it will be an early fall. I, too, hope it’s a long one with an Indian Summer before the serious cold hits.

  3. Tim

     /  September 14, 2013

    Didn’t realize you have been sick. Glad to hear you are getting better.
    We have the nip of fall here too. Certainly makes it easier to breath.

  4. Get even better soon!

  5. Glad you are feeling better. Yes, we deserve a nice long record-breaking lovely fall. Here’s to the opening of camping season!

  6. EmilyO

     /  September 14, 2013

    Love the Sept weather – temps are up and down; then, the cool nights and warm days come along. Hey Lady, no time to get sick – or maybe your body needed a rest and had to throw this at you. Doesn’t feel good but glad you are on the mend road now. We got things to do and places to see. Right?

    • Lots and lots of things to do and places to go! And I just love those warm days and cool nights!

      Am taking it pretty easy right now. Will worry about getting stuff done manana. 🙂

  7. So glad you are feeling much better!! 🙂 Forget you???? NEVER!!
    That is such an interesting mushroom. I am learning so much reading your blog, now I am actually looking for them!!
    Can’t wait for fall!!!!!

    • So nice to not be forgotten! 🙂

      Wild mushrooms are an odd pursuit, I suppose. I used to think they were disgusting. Then I got interested in learning a few good edibles, then I got interested in learning more about them — and finally decided I liked the quirky little guys. Well, some of them anyway!

  8. Sorry to hear you weren’t well and then missed picking the mushrooms. At least you are feeling better and may get another shot at the mushrooms.
    Cooler weather? I wish. Hope it stops raining in the mountains by next week or I will not be going, however I will go to a local mountain instead.

    • Yes, it all is working out for good!

      I am so looking forward to your first trip in your new camper. I hope you can find a place with gorgeous weather for it!

  9. Marcia GB

     /  September 15, 2013

    As you can see from the previous posts, you aren’t forgotten 🙂 Hope you find some oysters at their peak soon! Good wishes for feeling well and enjoying the nice weather.

    • Thanks, Marcia! Maybe I’ll get energetic and get out into the woods this coming week. There are always cool things out there just waiting to be discovered. 🙂

  10. Glad to hear you are feeling better…and relaxing….thanks to you I’m starting to go on “mushroom hunts”…though I’m still apprehensive about eating one unless it comes from the supermarket….haha…You and Ron have a great week…Horst sends

    • Horst, I’m glad you are hesitant to eat a wild mushroom. You need to exercise great caution with them. But I’m thrilled that you are interested in learning about them. It’s like an adult Easter egg hunt, I think. 🙂

      I hope you have as much fun in your quest as I do!

  11. cozybegone

     /  September 16, 2013

    Hope those mushrooms are popping when we get down that way…time is going short and we’ll soon be there! xxoo

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