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Hedgehogs still fruiting in mid-February? Morels coming up, too? Crazy times.

Found February 17 on the way to the coast from Eugene.

Found February 17 on the way to the coast from Eugene.

 My mushroom maniac friend Dale continues to find mushrooms fruiting near the Oregon coast these days! He sent this photo of a bundle of small Hedgehog mushrooms (Dentinum repandum) with a few Winter Chanterelles (Craterellus tubaeformis.) So late in the season or is it just way too early?! 

I don’t know what to think when folks are bringing in fully expanded, spored out but still  fresh Agaricus sp.  from the COCC campus in mid-February.  I heard talk of morels appearing in the Willamette valley.   This coming spring mushroom  season looks like it will be early and a short one.

 

Oregon Field Guide special on Honey Mushroom fungi

Julie let me know that tonight the OPB Oregon Field Guide will be showing a story on Armillaria ostoyae, the Honey Mushroom, famous for their longevity.  Should be an interesting view.  If you comment on it after you have seen it, all good.

http://www.opb.org/television/programs/ofg/

Oregon Truffle Festival

We attended the Oregon Truffle Festival in Eugene a couple weeks ago, only the truflle market, not the full conference. For a $20 entry fee you get to taste some amazing truffle products, watch a couple chefs cook with them, take in a power point program or two on truffles,  sample many Oregon wines and Oregon products and more. Without the wine tasting it was only $15.  At the market, we bought $40 worth of truffles, $20 for an ounce of Oregon black truffle (Leucangia carthusiana) and $20 for an ounce of Oregon white truffles (Tuber oregonense).  The black truffle was very disappointing with a very mild, but pleasant, kinda pineappley flavor. Not much to talk about for $20. The white truffles were much more pungent and impregnated the butter and cream cheese with a great flavor that we used for spreads and dips. TASTY!   Later, their deliciousness would return to our mouths and remind us of this yearly treat. Definitely worth the money.  You must not cook the truffle, just grate it over pasta or set it near fatty food like butter or cream cheese in an airtight container. Amazing how they flavor everything.

An expensive truffle!!

An expensive truffle!!

The posted photo is a French black truffle. This one is costs about $900.  For sale at the market, but not for my pocket.

More Potluck photos

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Penny showing the fresh winter chanterelles brought in from Reedsport by visitors to our potluck.

Mark and Alice

Mark S. and Alice L. head for the food table.

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Mingling before meal

How do I fit all of this on one plate?

How do I fit all of this on one plate?

Have I missed anything?

Have I missed anything?

Participants checking their  question sheets to see how many they can answer

Participants checking their question sheets to see how many they can answer

Pictures from the potluck

Lots of amazing mushroomy foods. We counted 12 different types of mushrooms here!

Lots of amazing mushroomy foods. We counted 12 different types of mushrooms here! King Bolete, Yellow Chanterelles, White Chanterelles, Winter Chanterelles, Morels, Matsutakes, Shitakes, Agaricus, Oregon White Truffle, Lobster, Hedgehogs, Hericium!

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33 folks attended the meal

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Julie and Debbie’s lovely table settings with paper sculpted mushrooms.

First Potluck/Membership drive a Success!

Thanks to all who made the potluck so much fun!  An excellent team of early birds quickly set up a welcoming and comfortable dining venue. Julie H. and Debbie F. (and ?) decorated the table with delighful handmade paper mushrooms and tree boughs and linens. The food was fantastic, as expected, with so many great dishes you couldn’t keep them straight.  I believe we counted 33 in attendance.   The mixer game winners took home many vintage mushroom books and a mushroom jigsaw puzzle. Fun!

Lawrence, Paul and Hilary held down the membership table, signing up 17 new memberships (11 individuals [$20] and 5 family [$30.]) More on how you can join later.  Our new club is off to a great start! Thank you everyone! I will post photos when I get them from Paul.

 

1st Annual COMC “Survivors Potluck” Jan. 30!

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A Mushroom Club Potluck!  
The 1st Annual Central Oregon Mushroom Club 
“Winter Survivor’s Potluck” and Membership Drive.   
 
You are cordially invited to attend the Central Oregon Mushroom Club potluck dinner on Friday evening, January 30, from 6 to 8 PM at the Sunrise Village Community Center, 19560 Sunshine Way, Bend OR 97701.
 
Since this is a mushroom club meal, you are highly encouraged to use mushrooms, especially wild mushrooms, in your potluck item. If you have no dried, frozen, or fresh mushrooms in your pantry, then regular store-bought will do. At the potluck, you will need to fill out a label with the mushroom you put in your dish and any other pertinent information (dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.) No raw mushrooms. Julie says she will provide a large fresh vegetable salad as a staple accompaniment to our mushroom dishes. 
 
Our evening will start off with a “Mushroom Club Mixer” game where you can win prizes while socializing.   
 
There will be disposable plates, tableware and cups available. We can have alcohol at the site, so if you would like to share a bottle of wine with dinner, you are welcome to bring it.  
 
The current steering committee members will man the mushroom club membership table, where you can pay your yearly dues of $20 per person and $30 for a couple or a family.  The money is used to rent spaces for meetings and events such as this, pay speakers and costs for our 9 monthly meetings, purchase supplies (nametags, etc.,) maintain the blogsite, and any other expenses the steering committee deems appropriate. 
 
We need to have a RSVP from you to get a general count of how many will be coming no later than Tues. Jan. 27. Please reply to lindandron@gmail.com with the number of people who will attend.  If you can help set up, or especially clean up, we can use extra hands. Let us know if you are available. 
 
This is our first social/membership drive event!  Please come and meet other mushroom maniacs like you! Central Oregon Mushroom Club is happening!   

Beautiful Amanita muscaria picture

Karen S. sent me this email today and included this amazing shot of the Fly Agaric, a.k.a. Amanita muscaria, from the Oregon coast.

“We went to Astoria hoping to find boletes but found out the season ended 3 wks ago. And it was apparently a pretty good one. Amanitas everywhere though.”

Glorious muscaria in late November

Glorious muscaria in late November

Feeling thankful for fungi!

Sharing mushrooms, even just mushroom stories, is a delightful way make us all feel thankful we live where we do!  The generosity of the earth never stops amazing me.  It brings out a feeling of being nurtured and provided for when I meet the fungi where they are. I hope you experience ENOUGH this holiday season, in whatever form that takes, be it enough to eat, enough warmth, enough connection, enough time for yourself, enough time in nature and certainly enough mushrooms, fresh, dried or frozen!

Master Mushroom Man Dale has been out as usual, to the coast, of course. He found some Chanterelles,  more than just this photo, though they are a bit old, a small Sparrasis, and MANY Matsutakes!  The Matsies were a bit past prime, too, though some were buttons, and very sandy. Dale said he saw maybe 200 in the woods!  If you are near the Oregon coast, look in the beach pines.   The photos below are from mushrooms gathered on Weds., November 26 and Thurs. Nov. 26.

 

Dale's Thanksgiving stash

Dirty but tasty

A little old, but still worth picking!

A little old, but still worth picking!

Catathelasma imperialis,  Big Cat.  Very tough. Edible, but mediocre.

Catathelasma imperialis, Big Cat. Very tough. Edible, but mediocre.

Thank you, Dale, for your adventurous spirit!

Can I eat it? Catathelasma imperialis, Imperial Cat or Big Cat. Yes, but it’s only so-so to me.

 

My friend Dale is an avid or should I say rabid mushroom hunter.  He travels all over Oregon and Washington in search of mushrooms whenever he has a few hours or days to spare from work in Portland.  Because he covers so many miles and makes frequent quick stops, he discovers a wide range of mushroom species fruiting where most folks never go.  He’s not a commercial picker, just truly curious about fungi, especially the many edible species. I am lucky to be the recipient of his cell phone photos when he finds something interesting and his generosity when he is around Central Oregon sharing his edibles. Dale works hard for what he finds. He makes it look easy, but he puts in much time, travel and expense into this “addiction” (Dale call it this himself.) This is a shout-out to Dale for taking mushroom hunting to another level and allowing me to be part of his adventure vicariously.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are today’s photos:

These were found along 101 from Cannon Beach to Waldport. Note the Kings!

These were found along 101 from Cannon Beach to Waldport. Note the Kings! It is exciting to see young King Boletes fruiting again.

 

 

Underside of Dale's Amanitas

Underside of Dale’s Amanitas

The one on the right looks like Amanita pantherina, but the mushroom on the left is a puzzle. Ideas?

The one on the right looks like Amanita pantherina, but the mushroom on the left is a puzzle. Ideas?