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Title: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on April 27, 2011, 02:08:52 PM
Well??  still a bit too early here, but always like
to hear if anyone is finding Morels. 
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: ccarlson on April 27, 2011, 02:12:30 PM
How do you know which ones are safe?
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on April 27, 2011, 02:26:00 PM
By Paying attention to minute details...even microscopic. Learning from
someone that already has accomplished the learning curve. And by following
this credo...
"feed all unknown varieties to your neighbor's dog"

To learn How to tell, get yourself the best field guide you can.

Seriously, there are not many species that look like this...
(http://mushroomobserver.org/images/640/12651.jpg)
And there is only one mushroom that resembles this that could
be considered harmful and it's effects are mostly the Shiz....
not fatal.

Disclaimer: that is MY photo on mushroomobserver.org
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: phillamb168 on April 27, 2011, 02:40:40 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_morel

The edibility of all "false morels" has been recently brought into question. While many people eat them without apparent harm, some people have developed acute toxicity and recent evidence suggests that there may be long-term health risks as well.[1][2] Eating any false morel is not recommended, at least until more is known about possible toxins.[citation needed]
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 27, 2011, 02:55:08 PM
morels are a good one for begininers, if you can find them! the false morel doesn't look that much like a true morel. A couple of years ago I found a bunch in the red mulch around my apartment complex. I didn't know what they sprayed on that mulch so I didn't eat them but it was cool to find 20 bucks worth of morels none the less. +1 on getting a really good book and a knowledgable guide. I have a book that I think it called mushroom hunting without fear that goes thorugh all the hard to mistake ones. chanterells are another hard one to mess up. There is a false chanterelle (jack-o-lantern) which causes stomach upset if eaten but the chanterelles have fat little ridges that run down the stock a little way instead of gills that stop at the edge of the stalk so they can be picked out fairly easily. Shaggy manes are easy to spot once you know what you are looking for. puff balls can be nice but the little ones should be cut open to ensure they are not unopened death angels. get someone who knows
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on April 27, 2011, 03:14:39 PM
I have eaten Gyromitra more than once from the Colorado Rockies and like I said
they are the shiz.....but nothing lasting. That was before I knew better
and the 1st time I tried  them was from someone' elses say so and find.

Hydrazene components are definately undesirable.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: denny on April 27, 2011, 03:17:53 PM
Haven't seen any chanterelles around here yet, but we're looking!
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: ryang on April 27, 2011, 03:57:50 PM
Waaay to early here.  With all the snow still in the mountains (and still pounding most days) it will be some time before mushroom season.  Perhaps some urban shrooms, but I'm not one to trust too many things I don't already know. 

If the mushroom season is anything like last year, I'll have a freezer full of boletes and hawk wings again (around 40lbs last year)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 27, 2011, 05:03:59 PM
a few years ago I was living in Boston and my wife foudn about 20# of maitake in the neighborhood park. That's another hard to mistake one. and yummy! the y freeze well to. we ate mushroom ravioli all winter
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: gordonstrong on April 27, 2011, 05:37:28 PM
Morels here and delicious.  Made a classic creamed mushrooms on toast with them.  Sweat some finely minced shallot and garlic in some butter, toss in the mushrooms and saute for a bit, add some flour to make a roux, some cream to make a sauce, season with salt and pepper, serve over toasted brioche (I used challah since it was near passover and easier to find). Sprinkle a little minced parsley on it if a white dish offends you.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 27, 2011, 07:57:36 PM
Morels here and delicious.  Made a classic creamed mushrooms on toast with them.  Sweat some finely minced shallot and garlic in some butter, toss in the mushrooms and saute for a bit, add some flour to make a roux, some cream to make a sauce, season with salt and pepper, serve over toasted brioche (I used challah since it was near passover and easier to find). Sprinkle a little minced parsley on it if a white dish offends you.

yum! you could use a little fresh taragon as well. Man does that play well with the shrooms. My wife used to find shaggy manes on a fairly regular basis on her morning run and we would often have creamed mushrooms on toast for breakfast when she got back.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: punatic on April 27, 2011, 09:04:16 PM
Interesting that this comes up today.  I was at a client's facility taking water samples for food safety certification earlier today.

As is the custom here in Hawaii, they sent me home with several pounds of four different varieties...

Hamakua Mushrooms (http://www.fungaljungle.com/index.htm)

<edit>

On the same sampling trip up the Hamakua Coast I also stopped at this client's facility for the same reason:

Wailea Ag Group (http://waileaag.com/)

They sent me home with some awesome hearts of palm.  This client is also my source for some of the fruits and spices I use in my meads.

The gifting between my clients and myself goes both ways.  I share the fruits of my meadmaking efforts with my clients.  Both of these clients sell to high-end restaurants here in Hawaii.   A good word or two about my meads in the right ears might lead to good placements for my meads when I take them pro.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on April 28, 2011, 04:45:40 AM
I have grown most of those varieties.  The nameko are outstanding IMO.
Maitake are delicious as well.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: weazletoe on April 28, 2011, 12:25:47 PM
And just where might a cvertai Weaze look for said morels?
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: punatic on April 28, 2011, 01:36:11 PM
I used to hunt these guys in my younger days when I lived in Central Florida:

(http://www.psychonautical.net/phpBB2/psych/img/psilocybe_cubensis18.jpg)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on April 28, 2011, 02:12:39 PM
And just where might a cvertai Weaze look for said morels?
Weaze, where you are, I would look along waterways, under cottonwood trees, kind of open airy
areas, these would be for the yellow morels.  If you goto the mountains, look under the quaking
aspen trees in the boggy areas, these will most likely be black morel. Tho I have not experienced
the pleasure, in the mountains the year after a big fire, look for them in the burnt areas.

But where ever you look, be aware that these guys HIDE real well.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on April 28, 2011, 02:53:13 PM
And just where might a cvertai Weaze look for said morels?
Weaze, where you are, I would look along waterways, under cottonwood trees, kind of open airy
areas, these would be for the yellow morels.  If you goto the mountains, look under the quaking
aspen trees in the boggy areas, these will most likely be black morel. Tho I have not experienced
the pleasure, in the mountains the year after a big fire, look for them in the burnt areas.

But where ever you look, be aware that these guys HIDE real well.

they do indeed hide well, but once you find one you will find others. It's like a switch in your brain goes click. Also you will need to clean them VERY well particularly if you find them in a burnt over area. all those little crevices hide so much grit.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: Pinski on April 28, 2011, 03:16:01 PM
And just where might a cvertai Weaze look for said morels?
Weaze, where you are, I would look along waterways, under cottonwood trees, kind of open airy
areas, these would be for the yellow morels.  If you goto the mountains, look under the quaking
aspen trees in the boggy areas, these will most likely be black morel. Tho I have not experienced
the pleasure, in the mountains the year after a big fire, look for them in the burnt areas.

But where ever you look, be aware that these guys HIDE real well.

they do indeed hide well, but once you find one you will find others. It's like a switch in your brain goes click. Also you will need to clean them VERY well particularly if you find them in a burnt over area. all those little crevices hide so much grit.
+1
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: weazletoe on April 28, 2011, 07:49:48 PM
clean them VERY well particularly if you find them in a burnt over area. all those little crevices hide so much grit.

Would a two minute soak in Starsan do just as well? I don't fear the foam at all.  ;D
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: alikocho on April 29, 2011, 03:52:56 PM
Found some morels a few weeks back, and have had a few finds of straw mushroom.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on April 29, 2011, 06:07:41 PM

alikocho can you put photos of those "straw" mushrooms on the site?

clean them VERY well particularly if you find them in a burnt over area. all those little crevices hide so much grit.

Would a two minute soak in Starsan do just as well? I don't fear the foam at all.  ;D

People swear to soak them overnight in salt water in the fridge and the grit is gone....
I remain skeptical and that is NOT my modus operandii.....but that is a major turn off
for me with the morel.  I mainly seek the black morel as it is less gritty in my locale.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: alikocho on April 29, 2011, 06:22:58 PM
(http://pixdaus.com/pics/1254265592gQxi9m9.jpg)

I know them as Straw Mushrooms in the UK. In Russian, they are known as Opyata. I just looked them up and it seems that they are Honey Agaric.  They are safe and tasty. They pickled well.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: ccarlson on April 29, 2011, 08:03:27 PM
(http://pixdaus.com/pics/1254265592gQxi9m9.jpg)

I know them as Straw Mushrooms in the UK. In Russian, they are known as Opyata. I just looked them up and it seems that they are Honey Agaric.  They are safe and tasty. They pickled well.

This is what happens to you if you eat the wrong kind of mushroom.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: MrNate on April 29, 2011, 09:16:44 PM
Damn, I should go look. Good morel weather here.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on April 30, 2011, 05:11:56 AM
Link to a morel sightings progression map you may be able
to figure out when it would be  a good time to look ....
http://morelmushroomhunting.com/morel_progression_sightings_map.htm  (http://morelmushroomhunting.com/morel_progression_sightings_map.htm)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: ryang on May 03, 2011, 02:32:39 PM
Ended up going on a short hike on Sunday afternoon just to see how the vegetation is coming along.  I was surprised to see so much blooming and sprouting.  The oregon grape holly was just starting to bloom, the mint is about 3-4 inches tall, the cottonwoods are ever-so-starting to bud out, the raspberries/gooseberries/strawberries are all mostly leafed out and pushing blossoms, etc.

Found a couple mushrooms (unidentified gilly guys) but no morels, although I think within the next two weeks, we could start seeing them.

What I did find was another massive patch of wild hops.  Tons and tons of hops coming up everywhere.  Pretty excited about that.  I have 3 patches now that I know of that are all within 15 min of my house.  8)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: gordonstrong on May 04, 2011, 01:41:28 AM
Ok, who's got some recipes that feature morels?  So far I've done the French creamed morel app, a morel sauce I served over grilled lamb chops, and an omelet filling with gruyere and chives.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 04, 2011, 02:45:14 AM
Spring time for Muslims, WE JUST GOT ONE!!!!    CRAP I mis read the subject.  Sorry!!!!

Have have not seen much, Death caps will be soon here when it gets above freezing around us. We get faux morels that are great tasting but watch out.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on May 04, 2011, 05:11:05 AM
Ok, who's got some recipes that feature morels?  So far I've done the French creamed morel app, a morel sauce I served over grilled lamb chops, and an omelet filling with gruyere and chives.
Gordon, I have always heard of the fiddlehead/morel combination and found this recipe
here I would consider trying. But I won't have the correct ingredients where I live.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/morel-and-fiddlehead-fern-ragout-recipe/index.html (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/morel-and-fiddlehead-fern-ragout-recipe/index.html)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on May 09, 2011, 02:06:18 PM
Looks like Iowa has em...
http://www.morelmushroomhunting.com/6oclock_news_morels_iowa.wmv (http://www.morelmushroomhunting.com/6oclock_news_morels_iowa.wmv)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on May 10, 2011, 04:01:22 AM
Ok, who's got some recipes that feature morels?  So far I've done the French creamed morel app, a morel sauce I served over grilled lamb chops, and an omelet filling with gruyere and chives.

This one is intended for dried morels but...

Morel ravioli with Morel burre blanc

Make a batch of fresh pasta sheets (or buy them lazy!) Rehydrate about 2 cups of dried morels in as little hot water as you can, save that water. After mushrooms are softened up remove them from the stock and bring stock to a boil and reduce till it starts getting syrupy. Meanwhile chop the morels finely and saute with a little shallot and maybe some tarragon, Dried in this case to reduce moisture. Mix with shredded cheese, about 1 to 1, maybe a little more mushroom than cheese but that is a personal taste. I like a flavourful but soft and meltable Cheese. Make ravioli, or if you are a little lazy like me, make tortoloni (big tortolini the filling is good enough to eat my itself so a big hunk of it in a tortoloni works for me). Cook the pasta in a big pot of salted water and while that is happening work lots of butter into the reduced mushroom stock. It it starts to break you can add a dash of cream. Salt and pepper to taste.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: bluefoxicy on May 10, 2011, 05:07:17 PM
You people are crazy.  There's no way I'd ever hunt mushrooms.  I'd probably wind up eating one of the ten billion death caps around here.   :o
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: punatic on May 10, 2011, 07:23:35 PM
You people are crazy.  There's no way I'd ever hunt mushrooms.

Just depends on what kind of firepower you have to take them down with!   ;D

BTW I ride about 4,600 miles per year.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: thomasbarnes on May 10, 2011, 08:38:29 PM
And just where might a cvertai Weaze look for said morels?
But where ever you look, be aware that these guys HIDE real well.

If they don't hide, the deer get them.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: bluesman on May 11, 2011, 02:22:22 AM
On the subject of Morel recipes...I just had to post this delight.

(http://searchwarp.com/UserImages/34972/ChickenandMorels.jpg)

by: kevin ashton
wannabetvchef
 
INGREDIENTS
2 x 175g skin-on chicken breasts
300 ml chicken stock
1/2  teaspoon herbs de provence
1 large flat sliced mushroom
100 ml double cream
10 dried morel mushrooms
2 baking potatoes
1 Tbsp diced country ham
125g (5oz) baby spinach
50g (2oz)unsalted butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
 
METHOD
Preheat the oven 190c (gas mark 5) and soak the morels in cold water for 30 minutes.  Keeping the water from the morels, slice each morel in half and re-rinse them to remove any grit then dry them on paper towel.
Drain the morel water through a very fine strainer to remove any grit (if you don't have a strainer that fine then line your strainer with one sheet of paper towel).
 
Combine the chicken stock, the flat mushroom and the strained morel water, herbs de provence and gently simmer until the flat mushroom are tender then turn off the heat.
 
Use a sharp knife and trim the top and bottom of the baking potatoes, cutting each potato into a 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) thick slice.
Use a small paring knife, cut the remaining peel off the potatoes, trimming each baking potato into a disk shape (like a hockey puck).
 
Melt the butter in a heavy non-stick sautepan, then brown off the potato discs on a medium heat, turning them over occasionally.  Once brown, add 50 ml of stock to the pan, cover with a lid or aluminium foil and cook in the oven until tender, then keep warm.
 
Strain the stock to remove the herbs and sliced mushrooms, then add the cream and the morel pieces, and keep on a very low heat.
 
Brown the chicken in half the oil, season with salt and pepper then finish cooking them in the oven (approximately 12 minutes). Add the diced country ham to the pan during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking.
 
Whilst the chicken is cooking, wash the spinach, then drain well.
Flash-fry the spinach in the remaining oil for 2-3 minutes then season and drain well, pressing out the moisture.

 
TO SERVE
Divide the spinach onto the two warm dinner plates, top with a potato, then the chicken and then spoon over the sauce and ham
 
CHEFS TIP
IF you're having difficulty finding morels, try the internet. They're not cheap but for a special treat well worth it. You can use any kind of air-dried ham (Parma, Prosciutto etc) in place of country ham. If you want to see more recipes like this

http://www.wannabetvchef.blog.co.uk
 

Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 11, 2011, 03:18:43 AM
Oh , that is a tater I was thinking it was a scallop! LOL!

Wonder what the chicken bone adds?
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: punatic on May 11, 2011, 03:59:58 AM
Bone caveman seal of approval...
Presentation everything! 
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: boulderbrewer on May 11, 2011, 04:27:28 AM
Maybe that was a wing bone from the breast? When I see chicken breast I think boneless. Maybe I watch to much Chopped!
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on May 11, 2011, 06:01:05 AM
You people are crazy.  There's no way I'd ever hunt mushrooms.  I'd probably wind up eating one of the ten billion death caps around here.   :o
BFE, you could Hunt them and NOT eat em, lots of fun in the chase.... ;)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on August 07, 2011, 09:12:02 PM
Well it ain't spring, but isn't this the wild mushroom thread?

Went up on the hill to get some wood, and brought these home as well. 8)
Cheers.





(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/Hongo2011.jpg)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on August 07, 2011, 10:27:59 PM
Well it ain't spring, but isn't this the wild mushroom thread?

Went up on the hill to get some wood, and brought these home as well. 8)
Cheers.

WOOT WOOT Game on!  

Edit: Pinnah are those leccinum or bolete?  Nice chanterelles btw.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on August 08, 2011, 03:13:06 AM
One, maybe two day old boletes,
crisp and fresh!
About the only ones I will take.

Man were they tasty.

Cheers to the season of fungi. 8)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on August 08, 2011, 03:27:19 AM
Pinnah, I gotta say those sure look like leccinum and not boletes.
There are scabers on the stalks and the one on the right looks like
the flesh is staining.  These are a common and good edible and I
like them as well.  My experience has shown that the bolete have
a more bulbous stalk and it is "netted" also the mature pores are more of a
yellowish than the creamy colored leccinum insigne.  Check the pix on
this site for more evidence.....
http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?pattern=leccinum  (http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?pattern=leccinum)
http://mushroomobserver.org/23226?q=623z (http://mushroomobserver.org/23226?q=623z)

Edit: Lets be careful out there!
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on August 08, 2011, 04:17:39 AM
Good grief Vertical1, you are correct!
They did stain dark.

Glad I am here to type still, and thanks for the lesson.
I guess I should stick with the chantys...or hang with someone who knows.


Cheers to learning and living. ;D
They were tasty though... ::)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on August 08, 2011, 04:24:57 AM
Naw, those are a good edible like I said....not quite as good
as a bolete, but decent.  Kind of eye opening ain't it....
I remember the time I ate gyromitra....ewwwwwww....
then after the fact, I learned that the toxins are cumulative
and when you get to that magic level...you are...sick...
Lessons learned....or not....

But man those chanterelles are PRIMO. I think they are
my all time favorite even beyond morchella I love the apricot notes.

Edit: Even some one who "knows" can miss identify mushrooms
not un-common for asians to mistake death caps for the paddy straw mushroom
and wind up with pennys over their eyelids. And the dang Deadly Gallerina is a
sneaky little brown mushroom.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: ryang on August 10, 2011, 09:04:07 PM
lots of boletes showing up around my hunting grounds.  the berries are almost there too.  going hiking again this weekend... we shall see what we find.

still have about 5lbs hawkwing leftover from last season though!  all the boletes from last season are gone though, so need to stock up.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on August 11, 2011, 12:27:12 AM
Hawkwing=Sarcodon....took some looking and I recall you speaking of this variety before
http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?pattern=Sarcodon  (http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?pattern=Sarcodon)
I have eaten them before and unless you have a dynomite recipe, you may have my finds
of this variety....
 ;)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on August 17, 2011, 03:30:39 PM
found some nice oysters on a fallen tree the other day. sauteed with onion and basil for bruschetta. yum. The other good spot I have in Vermont had already been picked clean by someone else. :'(
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on August 31, 2011, 05:41:01 PM
Found a fairy ring last week....a nice sphere of mushroom growth...Anyone ever seen one?

Is it magic or is there some "science" that explains such a regular distribution of growth?

This is a crappy photo, but I mean it was a perfect circle!
I stepped in and made a wish anyway. ;)

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/funcircle1.jpg)

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/Squaw282.jpg)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on August 31, 2011, 05:46:43 PM
Found a fairy ring last week....a nice sphere of mushroom growth...Anyone ever seen one?

Is it magic or is there some "science" that explains such a regular distribution of growth?

This is a crappy photo, but I mean it was a perfect circle!
I stepped in and made a wish anyway. ;)

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/funcircle1.jpg)

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/Squaw282.jpg)

the mycilium (underground part of the mushroom) grows outward from a center, when conditions begin to decline for mycilial growth fruiting bodies(mushrooms) are created at the margins. thus if the substrate is consistant enough the ring will be very nearly circular. Also has to do with the species of mushroom, not all mushrooms to that but the inky caps (some of which are edible if found young enough) are famous for it. Shaggy manes are one of my favorite, they are a fairy ring type mushroom, an inky cap in fact. If you don't get them in time though they turn into black goo.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on August 31, 2011, 05:59:57 PM
Very cool, thanks for the fun-guy lesson!
Wow, the mycilium can go far...I but the radius on that circle was about 6 feet.


Any idea as to the species pictured?
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on August 31, 2011, 06:06:32 PM
the mycilium (underground part of the mushroom) grows outward from a center, when conditions begin to decline for mycilial growth fruiting bodies(mushrooms) are created at the margins. thus if the substrate is consistant enough the ring will be very nearly circular. Also has to do with the species of mushroom, not all mushrooms to that but the inky caps (some of which are edible if found young enough) are famous for it. Shaggy manes are one of my favorite, they are a fairy ring type mushroom, an inky cap in fact. If you don't get them in time though they turn into black goo.

Pinnah, Mort, Reference the above mentioned "Center" that would be the singular microscopic spore germinating into the mycelium.
Another specie with this growth habit is "marisimus oreades" a decent edible when young. It's  street name is in fact "fairy ring mushroom".  ;)   Not sure what variety that is in your photo pinnah ???
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on August 31, 2011, 07:51:54 PM
not sure of the speciecs in your pic cause I am at work (shhhh) and they don't let me see the pictures.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: punatic on August 31, 2011, 08:49:19 PM
If you go back at night you'll find a bunch of wee people having a party, using the mushrooms as stools!   ;)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: ryang on August 31, 2011, 09:02:26 PM
Hawkwing=Sarcodon....took some looking and I recall you speaking of this variety before
http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?pattern=Sarcodon  (http://mushroomobserver.org/observer/observation_search?pattern=Sarcodon)
I have eaten them before and unless you have a dynomite recipe, you may have my finds
of this variety....
 ;)

They are very pungent in flavor, overpowering many other foods paired with it.  That being said, I like to slice them for pizza toppings.  Sauteed in butter and spices with onion works well as a side dish.  Don't overcook them... they need some texture left, or they'll turn to slop.
I haven't tried too many different things with them though.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on September 01, 2011, 03:39:16 AM
Very cool, thanks for the fun-guy lesson!
Wow, the mycilium can go far...I but the radius on that circle was about 6 feet.


Any idea as to the species pictured?

Okay home now, still have no idea what kind of mushroom you have there.

6 feet is really nothing for a mycilium. the title of largest living creature on earth wobbles back and forth between the great barrier reef, a single clone stand of alder (i think it's alder) in colorado and several enourmous mycilia that can cover thousands and thousands of acres.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on September 01, 2011, 04:20:44 AM
Fantastic.  How long might the mycelia last?  Are they short lived?

Aspen by the way.  Aspen clones....some are already starting to turn yella with the season.

Also saw, but failed to photograph,  a softball sized puffball that was slate grey and ready to puff some massive amounts of spore.
I could not resist giving it a squeeze. :)  Biggest I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on September 01, 2011, 05:36:10 AM
Fantastic.  How long might the mycelia last?  Are they short lived?

Aspen by the way.  Aspen clones....some are already starting to turn yella with the season.

Also saw, but failed to photograph,  a softball sized puffball that was slate grey and ready to puff some massive amounts of spore.
I could not resist giving it a squeeze. :)  Biggest I have ever seen.

They live a very long time conditions permitting. Right aspen. Mmm puffball. Find them fresh and they are sooo good. sliced and fried in butter salt and pepper. simple. It's a good one to cause as long as when you cut them open they are solid from top to bottom with NO sign of any separation at the 'stem' end they are pretty safe. Particularly the big ones like that. remember that spot.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on September 04, 2011, 03:12:43 PM
Denny please give me a heads up when chanterelle fruiting is underway out your direction...
Thanks in advance... ;)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on September 08, 2011, 06:03:48 PM
Ahem.....  :o

Sorry, just can't help myseff. 

You need to get back out there wyoming, you have to have the lowest per capita fungi consumer rate in all western states!
.....there are way too many mushroom hunters in Oregon. ;)



(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/7Sept068.jpg)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on September 08, 2011, 06:24:12 PM
NO RAIN  pinnah, none nada, dryer than a popcorn fart...
Consequently no mushies 
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on September 14, 2011, 11:06:01 PM
Sorry about that man.  Moisture on the way.  Every day at noon here, still dumping and snow up high.

BTW, can you dry chantys?  Obviously fresh is best, but can you preserve them?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on September 15, 2011, 04:59:39 AM
Sorry about that man.  Moisture on the way.  Every day at noon here, still dumping and snow up high.

BTW, can you dry chantys?  Obviously fresh is best, but can you preserve them?

Thanks.
You get that jerky dehydrator fired up and you just clean it real good and dry those chanterelles...
No problem...soak em in a little re-hydration water party prior to use...else put em in a soup dry..
good to go..
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: gordonstrong on September 15, 2011, 06:26:52 PM
I've seen dried chanterelles sold commercially.  I'd agree with the dehydrator suggestion.  But really, I'd just use them all fresh because they won't be nearly as good later.  Unless you have way more than you can use.  Then, you just suck.   ;)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on September 17, 2011, 03:18:31 AM
  Unless you have way more than you can use.  Then, you just suck.   ;)

It is true, I do suck.  It is an amazing year in these parts;
Mid June until snow off and plenty of moisture.

I left the masses, and only took the fresh prime of pure orange with a firm enrolled cap...youngsters.
Left all else to spread the cause. 

Thanks for the tips on drying.  Maybe next year.
Cheers to fall fungi. ;)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: euge on September 17, 2011, 03:51:37 AM
I've been researching Texas mushrooms. However if I were to go looking I'd probably get arrested. :'-(

Last night though, mushrooms crept their way into my dreams. Inspired by this thread I suppose. Been too dry here for any fungi.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on September 17, 2011, 04:40:57 AM
I've been researching Texas mushrooms. However if I were to go looking I'd probably get arrested. :'-(

Last night though, mushrooms crept their way into my dreams. Inspired by this thread I suppose. Been too dry here for any fungi.
euge, I found my 1st chanterelles near the back gate of West Ft. Hood...I was walking along and just could not get past
the wonderful aroma of apricot...just filled the air...kept looking and viola....there they were...
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: euge on September 17, 2011, 06:12:01 AM
Chanterelles? In Texas?! Maybe I should talk to a local mycologist to go about finding them.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: tschmidlin on September 17, 2011, 07:03:49 AM
Chanterelles? In Texas?! Maybe I should talk to a local mycologist to go about finding them.
Don't expect them to share the location of their secret chanterelle hunting grounds. :)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: euge on September 17, 2011, 07:35:18 AM
Chanterelles? In Texas?! Maybe I should talk to a local mycologist to go about finding them.
Don't expect them to share the location of their secret chanterelle hunting grounds. :)

Who knows? I ain't going out picking mushrooms without an expert. Chanterelles or not. Though I can tell you that in moister years mushrooms can be had by the sack-full or should I say pickup bed-full out where the cattle pasture. 8) I don't want my looking for dinner being confused with that other sort of gathering. ;D
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on September 17, 2011, 02:05:22 PM
Chanterelles? In Texas?! Maybe I should talk to a local mycologist to go about finding them.
Don't expect them to share the location of their secret chanterelle hunting grounds. :)

edit info:http://www.tpwmagazine.com/archive/2011/jun/scout3/ (http://www.tpwmagazine.com/archive/2011/jun/scout3/)

Secret Chanterelle Hunting Grounds (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=west+ft+hood+tx&hl=en&ll=31.053596,-97.796516&spn=0.03125,0.054846&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=29.634084,56.162109&vpsrc=6&t=m&z=14)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: tschmidlin on October 31, 2011, 12:00:17 AM
I picked a ton of mushroom in my yard yesterday.  Unfortunately they aren't anything you'd want to eat.  Not poisonous, but not tasty according to the mushroom guy I took some samples to a couple of years ago.

These big guys grow near Douglas firs.  The biggest one is about 5 inches across.  All that moss - yeah, that's a NW lawn :)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Ipz4laXscus/Tq3i3ofJGXI/AAAAAAAAAQM/xHITKF6ixHY/s640/IMG-20111029-00021.jpg)

They're very yellow underneath
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-eE5fBUE-bLk/Tq3i3qOAzcI/AAAAAAAAAQs/HeepppWqcD0/s640/IMG-20111029-00023.jpg)

A favorite of banana slugs
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-TwgdrtsnqtQ/Tq3i3mAUFJI/AAAAAAAAAQQ/DeyrbFeb2xM/s640/IMG-20111029-00024.jpg)

I picked a big bag about 2/3rds full of those plus a bunch of other varieties (also safe to eat, but not delicious) before mowing the lawn.  It doesn't really work to mow them and you end up with a big pile of mush in the lawn.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-3uV7SBjQ9ms/Tq3i38odbLI/AAAAAAAAAQc/gE3Y4Dchw2Q/s640/IMG-20111029-00031.jpg)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on October 31, 2011, 01:00:31 AM
Was that five inch reference to the SLUG?? ???

Underside shot resembles a Sullius species....or some polypore.
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: tschmidlin on October 31, 2011, 03:47:46 AM
No, I think the slug was probably 6-7 inches long.  A decent sized one, but not the biggest I've seen. :)

There are a lot of mushrooms associated with Douglas firs apparently, including several Suillus.  It might be this one, but I don't know much about shrooms and my pictures aren't all that great.

http://www.mushroomexpert.com/suillus_lakei.html
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: tschmidlin on October 31, 2011, 03:51:21 AM
Oh, and let's not forget this guy ;)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs349.ash2/62925_1532874315636_1048115648_1561881_3810246_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: morticaixavier on October 31, 2011, 07:15:05 AM
Oh, and let's not forget this guy ;)

(http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs349.ash2/62925_1532874315636_1048115648_1561881_3810246_n.jpg)

there's good eatin on one o'them!
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: pinnah on October 31, 2011, 12:41:12 PM
 It doesn't really work to mow them and you end up with a big pile of mush in the lawn.

heh, Saturday I was lamenting the fact that many of the sodden dog piles were hidden by excessive leaf fall....yacko.!

I am done with mushrooms, winter is here this week.
I did, however, eat some Fusarium venenatum last night...Quorn.  Very tasty.

Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: 1vertical on November 01, 2011, 05:05:37 AM
 It doesn't really work to mow them and you end up with a big pile of mush in the lawn.

heh, Saturday I was lamenting the fact that many of the sodden dog piles were hidden by excessive leaf fall....yacko.!

I am done with mushrooms, winter is here this week.
I did, however, eat some Fusarium venenatum last night...Quorn.  Very tasty.



You had me looking on the www to understand this new language...lol  ::)
Title: Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
Post by: euge on November 01, 2011, 06:05:05 AM
 It doesn't really work to mow them and you end up with a big pile of mush in the lawn.

heh, Saturday I was lamenting the fact that many of the sodden dog piles were hidden by excessive leaf fall....yacko.!

I am done with mushrooms, winter is here this week.
I did, however, eat some Fusarium venenatum last night...Quorn.  Very tasty.



You had me looking on the www to understand this new language...lol  ::)

Probably involved with Esperanto in some fashion. :-\ ;)