Yellow Chanterelles and Other Interesting Possibilites

September 15th, 2014

We have been too busy to visit our usual yellow Chanterelle (Cantherellus cibarius) spot until yesterday. We were a bit worried that they would be totally dried, but thankfully we were wrong.  Yes, we found many smallish specimens and some were too dry to take, but the bunch weighed in at 2 1/2 lbs. If it had rained recently, they would have been much heavier.  Ron cooked them with olive oil, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, and a hint of anchovies over pasta.  Yum!

We also found a small Hawk’s wing (Sarcodon imbricatum,) a small black Chanterelle (Polyozellus multiplex,) and fresh firm Coral (Ramaria sp?) as possible edibles.  If all this sounds surprising in the drought, it is.  We hunted in and near swamps, that weren’t swampy,  on the west side.  In a “normal” year, we find many more mushrooms and come home with wet feet instead of dry.

It is a popular deer and elk hunting area and the roads were busy with big trucks and dust.  Be sure to wear bright colors out there and make lots of noise!

Rhizopogons – by the pounds

September 8th, 2014

photo by Fred Stevens from Mykoweb site

Today a couple of landscapers brought by a 5 gal. bucket full of Rhizopogons, all from one yard, hoping they were white truffles.  No sooner had they left than I got a call from another man who was ready to eat what he was sure was Oregon white truffle -another large Rhizopogon.  I didn’t have time to identify which Rhizopogons were in the bucket, but they seemed close to Rhizopogon occidentalis.  There was likely more than one species in the bunch. According to Arora, this hypogeous fungi (fruiting underground, or near underground,)  can fruit in profusion at times and may get as large as 3 inches across, just like today’s specimens!  They are not truffles and in fact, are much more closely related to the Boletus family, and the genus Suillus specifically.  Even though the book says these are “palatable,” please do not eat what you don’t know, no matter how tempting they smell.

Our common Rhizopogons love the roots of pine and fir trees (and other confiers.)  They are a firmly spongy and inside resemble a puffball, though species differ in color.  They are not marbled inside like truffles.  Outside you will see small reddish veins running along a yellowish skin.  Some in the bucket had no red veining and many were more beige than yellow.  It takes microscope work to figure them out.

More Shaggy Parasols to consider

September 1st, 2014

Paul P. sent and email about the Chloropyllum rhacodes fruiting in his yard this week.

“Last year in class  I believe you identified the group of mushrooms from our backyard as Shaggy Parasols. I took some pictures of the same type of shrooms from the same place in our yard and wondered if you can confirm them as Shaggy Parasols.”

My reply:

They do look like shaggy parasols, Chlorophyllum rhacodes. You can look at Clair’s photos from an email yesterday that I posted on the website.  The trick here is to make sure there is no volva like in Amanitas and to do a spore print on dark and light paper of one of the older specimens. Make sure it’s WHITE. There is a look-alike that has made its way north into Oregon, though relatively rare.  The look-alike, Chlorophyllum molybdites, has GREEN spores in maturity and will make you wish you had never touched them, but nothing life threatening. Look them up online. They look just like the yummy shaggy parasols!

Your books will call the shaggy parasols Lepiota rhacodes or Macrolepiota rhacodes.  The Chlorophyllum designation is new since DNA work.
If these are the real shaggy parasols, they are delicious and worth learning to identify absolutely.  There is lots of info online, but be sure of your id.

First Chanterelle post of the season!

August 30th, 2014

Jim B.  sent this email today:

I am not sure how to post a photo on this website.  I found these today around 3500’ in the Clear Lake area on the west side of the pass.  Wish I had gaiters on as the low foliage sure got the pants wet, but well worth the picking.

Jim's white chanterelle buttons. Woo hoo!

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: http://www.cocc.edu/continuinged/birding—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!