Re: where could i learn?
The ones you picked in the cow pastures were the meadow mushroom, aka pinkys. They're pure white and have pink gills that eventually turn dark brown. Superior to those in the supermarkets. One time a friend and I picked over 2 bushel baskets full of them! The stumpies, honey fungus can be found in massive colonies sometimes. They have a small white collar or ring/veil under the cap. But you got be careful because there are others that resemble them growing on the same stump that are poisonious. I canned many pints of the stumpies over the years. Unfortunately not so with the pinkys. We stayed up half the night and canned 32 quarts of them. The other guy's brother came to visit the next day and we showed him our proud bounty. He laughing said "you can't eat those, they'll smell just like cow manure. Don't your remmber when our mom tried canning them years ago?" We opened up a jar and they smelled just like strong manure!!! We were really disappointed, but also glad we found out before giving them to friends! Another easy mushroom to identify is the Chicken mushroom in the fall, they're a shelf mushroom that is bright orange and good eating.