Aborted Entoloma
(Entoloma abortivum)

From THE WILD VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK

Aborted Enteloma sculpture

Aborted Entoloma, Aborted and Unaborted Forms

Sculpture, acrylic paint By "Wildman"

This misshapen, fragrant mushroom comes into being when the aborted entoloma fungus parasitizes a developing honey mushroom (Armillariella mellea), aborting its normal development.
Aborted Entolota

Aborted Entoloma, Aborted Form

So it comes in two forms, the unaborted form and the aborted form.
Bagful of Aborted Entolomas

A Bagful of Aborted Entolomas

Aborted Entoloma, Unaborted Form

Aborted Entoloma, Unaborted Form

The grayish white stalk is 1 to 4 inches long and 1/4 to 5/8 inch thick, with white threads (the fungus) emanating from the base.
Unaborted Aborted Entoloma

Aborted Entoloma, Unaborted Form

Watercolor pencils by "Wildman"

The distorted ball-shaped, spongy aborted form is 1 to 4 inches wide and 1 to 2 inches tall. Whitish outside, the whitish inside is marbled with pinkish veins. Aborted forms often grow clustered or fused together.

Aborted and Unaborted Entolomas

Look for it in eastern North America west to Texas.
It appears in the late summer and fall.

Aborted Entelomas

Both Forms of Aborted Entoloma

Pick this mushroom only when you find both forms growing together. Other similar entoloma species that don't form abortions will make you throw up.

This top-rated mushroom is great sautéed; simmered in soups, stews, or sauces; baked; or even cooked in cocktail sauce as mock shrimp. Use the caps and stems of both forms.

Aborted Entoloma, Aborted Form

Aborted Entolomas, Aborted Form

Pick this mushroom only when you find both forms growing together. Other similar entoloma species that don't form abortions will make you throw up.

This top-rated mushroom is great sautéed; simmered in soups, stews, or sauces; baked; or even cooked in cocktail sauce as mock shrimp. Use the caps and stems of both forms.

Aborted Entoloma, Aborted Form

Aborted Entolomas, Aborted Form

Caution: Never serve aborted entolomas to George W. Bush, Jr. — he's strongly opposed to abortion!