I had tossed a tennis ball for our golden retriever, Sunny. It rolled down a slope and, since I am a better retriever than Sunny, I had to go get the ball. When I looked at the hillside, there was this nice big chanterelle.
That's the title of David Arora's pocket field guide to mushrooms. And as he lives on the Mendonoma coast, pretty much all foragers here have this guide. Here are some mushrooms that have recently arrived on our property in Anchor Bay.
First I was happy to find a couple of Queen Boletes a few days ago. They have a darker cap than the Kings, and their stem isn't as fat. They are delicious. When I trim them and remove the sponge underneath the cap, I gather up the trimmings and scatter them outside in suitable habitat - yes, I'm hoping for more!
Also fruiting in abundance now is the edible amanita, Coccora. These mushrooms have a deadly lookalike, so you must be extremely careful with your identification. They are nicknamed "Creamy Tops," as one of their characteristics is a cottony-like white top. You can scrape it off with your finger.
The Fly Amanitas are also up in abundant numbers. I love watching these mushrooms evolve as they grow. Arora will tell you they are edible if you parboil them twice, throwing out the water between boiling. I find them in sunny spots here.
David Arora has a mushroom event coming up soon. To learn more, here is his website: http://www.davidarora.com/events.html
Rozann Grunig went foraging on Friday and she found the first reported Chanterelle of the season. She also found a Queen Bolete and several King Boletes, a nice bounty of edibles.
Thanks to Rozann for allowing me to share her photo with you here.
Jackie Baas found the first Boletus edulis, King bolete, of the season about two weeks ago. Here's the beauty that popped up in an area she has never found one before.Since then we've had more rain and now the King boletes are abundant. Irma Brandt found a very fertile area last week.
I spotted the first Fly amanitas two days ago, and two Coccoras are peeking up under the duff in our forest. Tiny mushrooms are appearing in masses. Oh, it's so fun to have this early rain and have the mushrooms appear!
Thanks to Jackie and Irma for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
What a season we are having this year with wild mushrooms. Hedgehog mushrooms, one of my favorites, are up in abundance, as are Winter Chanterelles and Black Trumpets. One of the most distinctive mushrooms is the Fly Amanita. Jim Garlock recently photographed one.
Rick and I went on a mushroom hunt last week, looking for edibles, of course. We found a treasure trove of Matsutakes! Also found was a Shaggy Man, Candy Caps, Black Trumpets and Hedgehogs.
Finding edible mushrooms in the forest is like finding treasure - a gift from Mother Nature.
Thanks to Jim for allowing me to share his photo with you here.