Oct 13, 2015. While following a bramble filled deer path through a power line, I trampled a few of these and then took a better look. Looking closer I recognized them as Entoloma abortivim, so I looked around for a dead stump and there it was. The dead stump because the Entoloma has a relationship with one of the honey mushrooms. Tom Volk explains it well in his Sept 2006 “Mushroom of the Month” post.
I have found this to be a delicious mushroom, although I have not found it in this quantity (3 1/4 lbs) but a few times. In the second picture you should see a normal Entoloma, a split carpophoid, and two intact carpophoids (superior and inferior views). Carpophoid is the term for the aborted body. Read Volk’s post for an analysis of which is which – Honey or Entoloma – abortee or abortor.
I always cut mine and look inside before eating; the same as small puffballs. Beware the Amanita egg !!!!!
They clean up well !!!