Early this week, Houston had mid60~70deg weather with a high humidity level and all day overcasts with 8~16mph winds... so I figured it was worth my time to take a look at my nearby National Forest about a 5-10 minute bike ride from my house.
Let me bring you up to speed on the history of this forest. It was involved in some major flooding due to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster about 2 or 3 years ago. Of course, with the high winds of a hurricane, the trees took on a bit of breakage. Everything from tons of small limbs to whole trees are now littering the ground everywhere you go in this forest. This particular section of Houston sat underwater for weeks, completely saturating\water logging all this wood...
Where there's death, there is life.. and I found a lot for the small amount of space I walked (probably less than a football field) with in an hour or so.
..anyway, I'm unsure what most of these mushrooms are.. the only ones I'm 99.99% sure on are the woodear fungai. So any help with identification would be greatly appreciated. :)
The following fungai is 8 inches wide orange flat top w/ pores.
A down tree completely overtaken by what I like to call... "Frosted Flakes" if someone has a better name for these, let me know :)
Other Frosted Flakes ^_^;
A dark red fungai - unknown
Other red fungai - unknown
Some velvety brown type of oyster - unknown
Interesting orange fluff ball of sorts.. didn't touch it or pick it. What is this though?
ID these shrooms on a tree root?
Small yellow and waxy.. cool looking for sure.
So much woodear, I had to dehydrate half of it for later!
Made a Chinese Chicken Wood Ear Hot n Sour Soup with these. I've also had them prepared in a cold salad and a Japanese ramen dish. I love the texture and it takes on the flavor you cook it with, so its pretty versatile in the culinary world. The health benefits for wood ear are through the roof. If you wanna check it out here's the link.
Edited by CourageToGrow, 26 February 2020 - 06:17 PM.