Well friends, I've had a fascination with a Neolentinus Ponderosus for a year or two after finding a couple of these giant mushrooms. As I am often in the high sierra, I've kept my eyes out for a specimen to clone and after finding innumerable old and crappy mushrooms finally the mushroom gods granted my wish. So i cloned two mushrooms from different locations both are growing well, already transferred some agar to two 1-quart jars of wbs. It is somewhat slow growing and looks very similar to shitake mycelium, I'll have some pics to share in a day or two, to my chagrin my camera broke earlier this week so I gotta borrow one . As far as I could find, this mushroom hasn't been cultivated much at all, so I am gonna do a little experiment with a couple different types of wood for cultivation. Both the specimens I found were growing on Lodgepole Pine stumps, so i try out a couple mixtures of different types of sawdust, woodchips, and maybe a bit of straw to get an idea of its preferences. Of course I will post pics and keep y'all updated. Also I will be doing a giveaway with this culture in the coming weeks to thank all you myco-nerds out who contribute to this awesome community. Here is an observation of Neolentinus Ponderosus that has a little info about the taste and texture. And for something completely different here is some corn smut I found in my corn patch this week, there wasn't much but it it is good non the less.