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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to  all of my fungal friends! It was a great year for mushrooms, and I am looking forward to another great year ahead.

The wild mushrooms were thick in the fall this year. The conditions  provided some large quantities of mushrooms, that are normally difficult to find.

We started out in the spring with oyster mushrooms on cottonwoods. They were plentiful, and a delicious way to start the season. My grandsons and I picked a couple of grocery sacks full on one picking adventure.

There were some morels, shortly after that.  I found enough to satisfy my craving,  before the general public found out they were flushing. The picking got competitive after that!

The chanterelles were a special, and at times, unbelievable treat this year. Seasoned pickers said it was the best flush in 15 years. They were plentiful and easy to find.

And if that wasn’t enough, there were boletes as big as your head to be had. Rounding that out with hedge hogs, tree ears,  and various edibles…it was a good year for wild mushrooms !

We will talk about mushroom growing projects from 2009 next!

Mushroom Music

A true mycophile like myself listens to mushroom music.

Larry Evans has done it again! Music about mushrooms that is mycologically correct and fun to listen to.

Fungal BoogieI have purchased Fungal Boogie and found it interesting and I learn something new each time I listen to it

The cd covers songs about Boletes, Morels and others. There is a song about the Fly Agaric that is funny and thought provoking.The songs describe different identification tips, and the Latin names are taxonomically correct.


The newest cd out is the Fungal Boogieman.

Fungal Boogieman


I have not purchased this one yet, but will be soon. In listening to the sample tracks, it sounds like another fun one to have and listen to. The setup and context seems similar to the last one.

The link on the homepage will get you to the Fungal Jungal, with some samples of the cds as well as the lyrics to the songs. 10% of the purchase price goes to the WMMA, a worthy cause indeed!The WMMA and Larry maintain the Fungal Jungal website that is loaded with mushroom information and links.


So get yourself some mushroom music and learn more about mycology while you are at it!

Dried Mushrooms

Dried mushrooms are a great way to store your bounty, and eat mushrooms through the off season.

I have always dried morels through the years. It seams like you could never get too many, but when they are flushing, you usually can’t eat everything that is picked fresh. Even with the help of friends, there is usually lots left over after getting your fill. That is if you  get a good flush, and can get them before everyone else does.

Now that I eat a lot more types of mushrooms than before, I have learned to dry several of them for later use. The ones in my pantry right now are mostly Boletes, Morels, and a couple types of Agaricus. It is important to make sure they are properly dried and stored in an air tight jar. We use a dehydrator most of the time.

Dried mushrooms are great to use in the winter when all you can do is dream about picking. Surprising to me was that the ones I have dryed are stronger flavored than when fresh, and are easier to use than you might think. You also know where they have been. Be very careful about buying dryed mushrooms from the supermarket. If you look carefully at the nation of origin, you will see, “A product of  North America, Russia or China”. Even though they are marked organic, I don’t want to eat mushrooms grown in Russia or China! Chernobel comes to mind, and don’t get me started about China’s environment.

To prepare large mushrooms clean them delicately. I don’t use water unless absolutely necessary. Slice them about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Agaricus mushrooms should be sliced unless they are small and then dryed whole. Boletes are usually large, and removing the gills (actually tubes) improves them when rehydrated. Save the gills and dry for soups or gravy stock. Morels are usually dryed whole and I have used the dehydrator, but in my younger days we strung them up on white thread leaving space in between, and hung them up wherever we could. They also were put in airtight jars when dry.

To rehydrate delicate dryed mushrooms like the morel, put them between damp paper towels and they will come right back to life. This works for the others also depending what you are going to use them for. An important note on morels, make sure they are fully cooked. Morels uncooked or partially cooked, digest in your colon instead of your stomach and can be very painful. You can also cover them in a bowl with boiling water, cover the bowl, and save or use the broth. The easiest way to use them is to throw them into soups, stews or soups dry.

The flavor of dried mushrooms is stronger than fresh, and the texture is so so. They make great gravies and soups. As a note, do not feed wild mushrooms to fungiphobes, or anyone who questions them. They don’t deserve them and will usually find something wrong with them.I used to be offended by the general publics reluctance to eat my hard found bounties, but  now I think more for me and my fungal friends!

So…when you pick more than you can eat…dry them for another day.


The King Bolete, or Boletus edulis is a treat when you can find them!

This has become my favorite wild mushroom to eat. They are tasty and can be quite large, although I prefer them about the size of this little fella. The king is sometimes hard to find and cannot be relied upon every year. Most of us that are hooked on this mushroom usually pick all we can…eat all we can…and dry the rest for another day.



Sometimes if you are lucky you can find a lot of food with this mushroom. You can eat them rehydrated in the winter, while thinking about when you found them. This mushroom keeps very well if dried and stored properly.

So learn this mushroom, the same way I did, through the books. Your closest friends probably won’t show them to you!