Amazing Clair’s Shaggy Parasols

August 28th, 2014

Buttons of shaggy parasol

From Clair’s email:

“We have another bumper crop of shaggy parasol (Chlorophyllum rhacodes) in our yard right now. (You may also find them listed as Lepiota or Macrolepiota). I counted 33 this morning. Last year I picked about 20 of these large mushrooms (6”-8” diam.) from our yard. They are excellent sautéed, but do need to be cooked well. I also found they are a great mushroom for drying; they reconstitute very well, and have a delicious taste. If you run across these, they are well-worth picking. We’ll have some with roast chicken tonight!

Just be certain of your identification. The base of the shaggy parasol is bulbous, but does not have a basal cup like Amanitas. The flesh will slowly bruise orange, then brown. A spore print (white spores) will separate it from the toxic green-gilled parasol (Chlorophyllum molybdites), which has greenish spores. Fortunately the green-gilled parasol is not known to occur in our area, but it’s always wise to be certain of your identification.

Check with Linda if you need help with identification!”

"Shaggy Parasol cap"

Shaggy parasol cluster

Mushroom season is starting!

August 28th, 2014

I am getting photos and reports of mushrooms fruiting in the woods. Right now I can’t get out to hunt, so I am counting on our mushroom community to keep us all up to date.   By the way, there are only 2 slots left in my mushroom class, if anyone is still interested.   Here is an interesting large, red-fleshed Bolete that my friend Dale found on the coast today.   Linda

Mushroom Identification Class registration online

July 28th, 2014

For some reason, my mushroom identification class did not make it in the COCC Community Learning printed calendar.  It is now available online.  It will still fill up, so be sure to register as soon as you can.  Here is the web page:—hiking

Morels in the Ochocos

June 9th, 2014

It has been quiet on the mushroom blog lately. Not many folks sending in comments.  Ron and I went to the Ochocos yesterday on a beautiful Sunday.  We found about 1 1/2 pounds of fresh and large morels, some fist sized, but they were all  in one area at about 5600 ft.  The other “hot spots” of yore produced nothing.  Lots of walking and nothing else. I don’t know what to think of that, but it was such a perfect day with so many blooming wildflowers, it didn’t really matter much to me.

The road to Bachelor should be producing spring kings by now, maybe a few morels, but the fire may get in our way soon.   Has anyone had luck or no luck up there?

Julie’s recent spring kings

May 27th, 2014

We found these close in at about 4000 ft.  We tried something new and smoked the bolete then put it on pizza. Sorry no pictures cause they dissapeared.  It tasted very bacony.

Rhoda’s city morels – beautiful!

May 27th, 2014

I found these in our backyard in Bend, as large as a child’s toy football! Wondering if huge morels or false morels? Can you help ID? Will be appreciated!

Joshua’s Pole Creek Stash

May 27th, 2014

From Joshua:

I had some pictures to share with the club if you would like. I have attached several images, feel free to use any you would like. All the morels shown were harvested near pole creek in the fore-mentioned areas on the edges of the burn. It was a fantastic weekend, all together we came out with roughly eight pounds after several outings. There were some amazing hotspots that yielded up to 15-20 mushrooms per grouping, and there one hill that produced some pole creek giants. Hope you enjoy the pics and happy hunting.

Joshua Demoran

What is this??

May 22nd, 2014

Nate emailed me today with these photos and questions about this spring hedgehog.  What is your idea?

Bunches of boletes for Clair

May 22nd, 2014

Once again, eagle-eyed Clair shares his spring bounty photos with us.  Just a little bait to get out and hunt.  Be sure to read Christopher’s comment in another post.  We did find a few baby boletes on Monday on Conklin Rd, toward Sunriver, so they should be popping soon.  We are headed up to the Ochocos for this weekend and will let you know how we do. Please submit posts to brag about your finds to get us jealous and jazzed.  

Our first morels for 2014

May 17th, 2014

Ron and I went up to Pole Creek Fire area near Whychus creek and looked hard through the edges of the burn.  We finally started to find them, but they were mainly in one or two spots with nothing much outside of these hotspots.  We netted 1 1/2 pounds of morels. Dirty work, but we will enjoy every bite. Notice that good boy Ron cut them in half as required, well except for some of mine!