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CAUTION!!! Not all mushrooms are edible! If you are harvesting your own mushrooms for the table please make a positive I.D. before eating any mushroom from the wild! Many resemble each other, many can just make you sick, some are poisonous to the touch, some can kill you, make 100% sure before touching or eating them! Not all of the mushrooms pictured on this page are edible.

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Here we have a much sought after "Pine Mushroom" (Matsutake). On the left is what we see when we spot one, kinda looks like a duck or goose laid an egg under the moss. Then in the middle picture we peel the moss carefully back to expose the entire top, being careful not to disturb the area around it. The right picture shows the entire mushroom properly picked laying over the exact spot it has been plucked from. It is very important to have a crop next year to pick these mushrooms properly. We use our fingers only and never rake or pull a large area of moss back to find them, this ruins the shiro and causes the matsutake patch to die out. If you are new to picking everything you ever wanted to know about it can be found on the pages of ...October 17th, 2001. This mushroom is almost three inches across the top and 4 inches in length!

Here we have a plump King Bolete, one of the very tastiest 'shrooms we eat. I thought it would be neat to show one growing in the wild. It is well over a pound, six inches across and 10 inches tall. October 17th, 2001.

This is a Manzanita Scaber. The first one we have found this year! I ate it for supper and it was delicious. You never forget your "first one". October 18th, 2001.

We use the Peterson field guide to Mushrooms of North America & the National Audubon Society field guide!

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King Bolete (Boletus edulis)

This is a King Bolete button weighing in at approximately two pounds. Some mighty fine eating is to be had here! Delicious on pizza, with steak or in an omelet. Very seasonal mushroom, they are attacked quickly by predators in the wild, making harvesting them daily a must. Their rapid growth is amazing, a bare spot can have one of these popping out of the ground the next morning!

We were impressed with the size of this 3 pound "hoss". It is just a baby in the Bolete world, they grow to 25 lbs. but are in bad shape by the time they reach that size.

Below: Yellow Chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius)

These are Yellow Chanterelles, they are the sweetest mushrooms we pick. They are excellent on anything you wish to have mushrooms with. They have a long growing season, starting as buds so tiny you can barely handle them, maturing to flowers as large as a dollar bill! The deer family eats them, the bears and bugs leave them alone. The Rednecks eat them too! *grin* Notice the quarter nestled in the ample bud, top picture!

This flowered chanterelle amazed us, we used the dollar to try and show its enormity, it is set in moss with red coral around it, just the way we found it growing in the forest.

Below: Sulphur Shelf aka "Chicken" (Laetiporus sulphureus)

This pile of orange and yellow stacks up on old logs and tree stumps. The piece on top is upside down to show the brilliant yellow underside. Sliced lengthwise the size of french fries, and deep fried like french fries, it is one of my favorites! The flavor is tremendous and the texture is much like a french fry, very hard to beat as a side with burgers or steak or chicken. They grow to tremendous sizes, most rot in the forest as animals and bugs don't bother them. We have seen 100 lbs. on one growth. I am told they get bigger, maybe next year. These are freezable and our freezer is stuffed.

Below: Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

We found this Oyster mushroom while we were on our way to a forest parking area to take a long walk. I thought I had run over something when the screaming to "STOP" started. Passengers had spotted the Oyster mushrooms growing up the side of a very large and very dead alder tree. We had to get a long stick to break them loose from their precarious perch, while catchers below caught them on the fall, being careful not to miss or break them. We must have looked silly gathered around that tree, but no one was watching our antics. I tell you though, on the table, these beauties are a delicacy. Let the by-standers laugh. The stick was only long enough to retrieve about 4 lbs. of them. The rest, maybe 20 lbs. we had to leave there!

Below: These are Angle wings (Pleurotus porrigens)

They are snow white and beautiful, they grow on old dead logs. They are a type of oyster mushroom, they have no stem and grow in small shelves like the Oyster mushroom and sulphur shelf mushroom!

Below: Pimple mushroom aka "Lobster" (Hypomyces lactifluorum)

I apologize for the lighting in this pic, it doesn't do the lobster justice. I will have to get an outdoor shot I guess. These brilliant orange mushrooms are delicious, they are quite meaty, and tasty. Excellent on pizza. It is hard to imagine something so large, they grow to 2 lbs, and so orange being hard to find, but nature does hide them well. They grow around the same areas the chanterelles do, only they must have a conifer canopy, and do better in soil rather than sand. They are a "hitchhiker" so to speak as they grow off of other mushroom species such as the "russula's" or "brittlegills" as they are called and many milk caps. Hypomyces mushrooms don't have gills, they are sealed on the underside!

Below: Elfin saddle, a false morel (Helvella lacunosa)

This is really a cute mushroom, it is not edible. It is not poisonous to the touch, it just isn't any good to eat!

Below: Manzanita scaberstalk

This deep red topped, hairy stalked mushroom is a cousin to the King Bolete, and has a stronger mushroom taste than the milder flavoring of the King. It has been known to bother the digestive tract of some people, however it didn't bother me at all!

Below: Matsutake aka "Pine" mushroom (Tricholoma magnivelare)

These are the much sought after "pine" mushrooms. Many people have pine fever and search high and low for them, they hide well and it is much like an Easter egg hunt! The Pic on the top is a beginners basket of buttons, a true veteran would scoff at such a small bag after a days hunt! The two in the middle are of the same "flowered" pine, top and bottom view. The pic on the bottom is a large button (1/4pounder)! A bag full of these is quite valuable, some days the prices soar to 100's of dollars a pound. We just get enough to eat and dry for later on in the year! All of the above mushrooms that are edible can be dryed and reconstituted, we use warm milk to reconstitute them! The pine is excellent table fare, and overseas they use it as an aphrodisiac, as far as I can tell it works!!!!

Below: Coral mushroom (Clavaria zollingeri, purpurea, vermicularis)

These look like the coral you see in a fish aquarium, or in a Jacque Cousteau underwater coral dive, very brilliant in color, we have found red, green, orange, yellow and white so far and an off purple that doesn't branch. It is just starting to pop so maybe we can get some better pics soon! I have not eaten coral yet but Barbara assures us it is edible.

Below: Pig's ears (Gomphus clavatus)

The pigs ears are related to the chanterelles, they are delicious as well. They have a purple cast to them and grow where the chanties do!

Here is the absolute largest 'Lobster' mushroom we have ever seen. It weighed in a little over 3.5 pounds. It is larger by far than Maw's foot.

(Hypomyces lactifuorum)

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