Fall Mushrooms in the Pacific NW
Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:38 AM
There are also plenty of Winter Chanterelles (Yellowfoot) to be found, but their season is just starting. I'm waiting for them to grow larger so that picking is more efficient. There are also Honey Mushrooms, but this is another one that I don't bother with. It would be nice to hear from some of the other members from the Wet Coast; I'm sure there are lots of other mushrooms being found.
By the way, I observed an interesting phenomenon regarding the Hedgehog mushrooms. I found a number of cut stems at some of my usual spots; so I assumed that some other mushroom hunter had found those locations. However, when I looked more closely, I noticed that the cuts were somewhat rounded, not straight like knife cuts. Eventually, I discovered a couple of locations where there were bits of mushroom debris scattered around a log or a stump; and I realized that squirrels were eating the Hedgehogs. I've never noticed this in previous years; so I wonder if this year the Douglas-Fir trees produced a smaller than usual crop of cones and seeds. This is the normal food of the little Douglas Squirrels that inhabit the local forests, and perhaps the squirrels had to resort to an alternate food source. I hope that this phenomenon only occurs occasionally, because the squirrels are formidable competitors. And they seem to be particularly fond of Hedgehog mushrooms.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:53 AM
Posted 15 November 2011 - 04:01 PM
Posted 15 November 2011 - 11:39 PM
Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:02 PM
Posted 16 November 2011 - 05:15 PM
A common sight in our Pennsylvania forests is an upturned Russula mushroom that has been placed upon a stump, rock, or log. The squirrels harvest them and find nice spots to sit and munch.
I found a russula stored in a branch nook this fall, it was the first time I have seen this, but I have seen bites taken out of morels before
Posted 27 November 2011 - 04:21 PM
Deer and elk love the Kings I often find them with a huge chunk bitten out of them.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:11 AM
Posted 05 February 2012 - 11:34 PM
I only found one good truffle last year, and I gave it away to be identified. The interesting thing is that this truffle, identified as Hydnotrya tulasnei, is not even described as a good, edible type; however, it had a strong, classic truffle aroma. Everyone who had a whiff immediately recognized it as a truffle. I hope to find another specimen and try it out in a truffle dish. Last year it was ripe several weeks before morel season started, and it was located at a fairly high elevation. If it grows at lower elevations, its season should start a month or more ahead of morels, just what I need to help fill the gap between Winter Chanterelles and morels.
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