Observation 28739: Armillaria gallica Marxm. & Romagn.

When: 2009-11-25

Collection location: Georgia, USA [Click for map]

Who: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)

Specimen available

I checked some internet sources and this is the only Armillaria species that fits the species.

Almost all specimens found had some type of yellow at the base of the stipe, and the base was bulbous, some specimens had bluish tints at the base but were quickly taken over with yellowish tints after being handled.

How are these for the table, I know you have to cook them well because they can cause gastric disturbances in some people, but I have tried several species of Armillaria and they do not bother me.

They smell absolutely delicious!!!


Note the yellow staining at the base of the stipe.
More yellow staining.
Note the yellowing of the base of the stipe, as well as the bulbous shape to it which is in the description for gallica.

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I personally have known
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-12-20 22:31:16 CST (-0500)

two people who were sickened by eating Armillaria (honeys). I believe that in each case there was no par boiling of the mushrooms.

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-12-20 15:10:28 CST (-0500)

I am a huge fan of honey mushrooms, I think they are a wonderful edible.

I have never seen anyone have any adverse reactions to them though, I wonder how common this is, does anyone know?

Sorry for the misunderstanding Weiliii.
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-11-28 20:40:37 CST (-0500)

it’s not this particular ID (28739) for which I wish to express uncertainty. It’s the entire group of mushrooms formerly grouped together as A. mellea which I generally do not bother to ID to species. I’m fairly certain that we get at least a few different ones here in my neck of the woods. These are popular edibles around here, the first type of wild mushroom I hunted along with my dad, uncles, and friends. I just meant to address your question about edibility of mushrooms in this group.

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-11-28 13:47:40 CST (-0500)

Dave why are you not certain about the ID?

They have a bulbous base that stains yellow, I thought these two identifying features were spot on for gallica, as well as the weak veil which was present on the younger specimens, but faded fast with the older ones.

I’m not certain of the ID
By: Dave in NE PA
2009-11-28 10:25:46 CST (-0500)

for the each of the various ringed Armillarias that occur here in PA. But I eat and enjoy all of them. I always par boil these types, and this does not reduce the quality in any way (thorough cooking recommended). Some people are apparently allergic.

By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-11-27 00:06:09 CST (-0500)

I kind of assume that most Armillaria taste generally similar. But I’ve only tried two species, so maybe some are different.

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-11-26 23:52:08 CST (-0500)

Yea eat them.

By: AmatoxinApocalypse (AmatoxinApocalypse)
2009-11-26 13:33:01 CST (-0500)

Anybody know if these make a good edible/have you tried them, I like Armillaria tabescens and Armillaria mellea, and I really want to eat some wild mushrooms this thanksgiving.

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