Though it's quite cold, there is a nice bloom of Boletus edulis along the Mendonoma Coast. Many foragers have been at Salt Point State Park where it is legal to forage as long as you only take five pounds a day. Catherine Miller found some of the first king boletes of the season on November 9th.
Rick and I had our first taste of the year this week, making a porcini omelet for breakfast yesterday. YUM!
David Arora says that, even with the cold weather (36 degrees at our house this morning), we should see more boletes, though not as many as we would get with more normal weather. He says the cold weather will keep them hard and free from bugs. I'll be looking for Queen boletes on our property soon.
Thanks to Catherine for allowing me to share her photo with you here.
It amazes me that King Boletes are being found in April. They "normally" fruit in the fall after the first rains. But this hasn't been a normal weather year. The rains we had in February and March have prompted a very late bloom in some places.
Alon Fish and Tony Gatchalian found some beauties near Manchester.
This delicious edible mushroom is also called Porcini or Cep. Cece Case found one too, this one near The Sea Ranch
Lucky mushroom foragers! I do wonder what will happen in the fall - will there be a strong fruiting of King Boletes? Time, of course, will tell.
Thanks to Alon and Cece for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
The storm that dumped three inches of rain on the Mendonoma Coast in late June has brought a mushroom bloom. You saw Irma Brandt's Shrimp Russulas. Now take a peek at the six Boletus edulis Paul Kozal found this past week.
These choice, edible mushrooms are usually found in the autumn, most years around Thanksgiving. I wonder what will happen this fall.
Paul has affinity for mushrooms and takes lovely photos of them, some of which are displayed at his gallery, Studio 391, in Gualala. To see more of Paul's photography, here is his website: http://www.paulkozal.com/
Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photo with you here.