Identify this blob

Elaine of Spring Lake asked, "I am wondering what this is?"
Mark Brooky
Oct 16, 2013


Elaine sent a photo of a yellowish blob that is growing in her yard (see photo at right). It looks like some kind of mushroom, and a variety of them seem to be popping up all over in the past couple of weeks.

But to get to the fundamental of the fungus, I asked the Michigan State University Extension service for their diagnosis. They forwarded my request on to diagnostician Jim Harrow, of the MSU Extension Plant and Pest Hotline/Genesee County. After some time researching it, Harrow said he narrowed the blob down to genus entoloma, species tricholoma.

"I wouldn't trust it to be edible without checking with someone more experienced with mushrooms than I," he added. "Thank you and your reader for the question and picture. I am going to save your e-mail and picture for further research should the occasion happen."

With Harrow's diagnosis, I did some further Internet research. The tricholoma species are generally found growing in woodlands. Supposedly, some are safe to eat and others are poisonous; so, as Harrow notes, just don't eat it.

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Tricholoma - not. Elaine should quietly gather up the kids and the pets and get outta Dodge - these are clearly partially eaten brains - Zombie alert!


Saw these things pop up over night out at Linear Park. One day there's nothing there and the next day there's this big blob. They kinda look like coke solidified when you drop a fizzie in it. Never saw anything pop up overnight like that....

deuce liti

It looks like something that passed out of me recently and ran away. Finally someone found it!

LessThanAmused does look like it should be breathing.

Tri-cities realist

I thought MM had made a surprise visit to the Tri-cities! (Kidding of course)


It looks to me to be what is called a chicken mushroom. They quite often appear near oak trees or above ground where there are buried oak stumps or large roots. I have eaten them many times by chopping them into small pieces and sauteing them. They have the texture and flavor of of skinless and boneless chicken breasts and could be substituted for meat in a vegetarian dish....very tasty and a little chewy...just like chicken!


Interesting Einstein. The ones we saw out at Linear Park were growing in the wood chips by the benches.

You are a brave man to eat them. I love mushrooms, but I'm not sure you could get me to try those things on anything I eat.


Ted Cruz's brain! Knew he had lost it somewhere.

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