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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-30-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Verpas?

Anyone eat them?

My mushroom ID books show them as edible, but I'm not so sure...

My sons tossed a few in the bag when we were out picking and, after I caught the mistake and made the ID, started to wonder.
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Re: Verpas?

I wouldn't eat the verpas, I've read that the toxins from them can build up over time. So even though you might eat them & be fine the first 99 times number 100 could be toxic!I did just plow down some half-frees for the first time though!

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Don't eat the Verpa's. Bad business.

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Re: Verpas?

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To clarify, this is the type of mushroom that I am Identifying as Verpa Bohemica.

The head is not completely attached to the stem. It isn't a true morel, and it doesn't look like the half-frees illustrated nor does it meet the other identifying characteristics.

Have I misidentified this mushroom?
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Re: Verpas?

Those my friend are half-frees. Edible, but I don't care for them, and I walk past them.

Do this. Cut the stalk from the cap, then cut the stalk lengthwise. It should be completely hollow. In other words, it won't have a cotton-like, or fibrous thread-like substance inside.

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Re: Verpas?

The verpas look like a smooth thimbel size brown fungi on the white stem. Just found my first one ever on Sunday. Wish I took a picture. I forget the name but I also found the look a like fungi that is solid and about the size of a baseball. The outside look about exactly like a morel but its not a morel. Plenty of good sites out there to help identify these none edible morel look a likes. I will ask my buddy what site he uses and try to get a link up.
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Re: Verpas?

I've always thought they were half-frees as well, but I did a little research and was convinced they were actually not true morels, but Verpas as I said.

They are hollow and not filled with the cottony stuff that gyromitras have inside.

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Those my friend are half-frees. Edible, but I don't care for them, and I walk past them.

Do this. Cut the stalk from the cap, then cut the stalk lengthwise. It should be completely hollow. In other words, it won't have a cotton-like, or fibrous thread-like substance inside.
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Re: Verpas?

Yes, I've found those, too.

Left them alone.

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The verpas look like a smooth thimbel size brown fungi on the white stem. Just found my first one ever on Sunday. Wish I took a picture. I forget the name but I also found the look a like fungi that is solid and about the size of a baseball. The outside look about exactly like a morel but its not a morel. Plenty of good sites out there to help identify these none edible morel look a likes. I will ask my buddy what site he uses and try to get a link up.
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