The best of show for our Fungi Fest was Dale W.’s Boletus edulis, King Bolete, or Porcini. It is sad that these were our best specimens, but a snowstorm in the mountains got in our way. Yes, these two Kings are actually from the coast, but are still representative of the King Boletes that we get here in the fall. I have seen 3 buttons in the last 2 weeks brought to me by local newbies and, of course, they wanted to keep them to eat. What can I say? Someone was commenting that our King Boletes seem much more bulbous at the base than those from the coast. It could be true. Perhaps this is a separate subspecies.
Also note Susanne E’s talent decorations making all the room a festive fall experience! Thanks.
This is one of the few Ramarias that I could identify at the Fungi Fest on Oct. 21. I don’t know where Laurence got it, but it is a beauty with its deep ruby tips and large white stem. I am identifying it as Ramaria botrytis or botrytoides (habitat and spore size make the difference.) It is a tasty edible and probably the only one I choose to eat. Thanks for the specimen, Laurence.
Thanks to all of you who contributed mushrooms and time to make this Fungi Fest fun and festive! 120 people attended the event despite the snowy/rainy day and a drive to Sunriver. A big shout out to Sunriver Nature Center, especially Amanda Accamondo, for all the support throughout the planning and the event itself. What a terrific organization.
The mushroom season has been poor this fall and gatherers came from all over, even as far away as the coast, to make sure we had specimens. Most of the mushrooms (90%), however, came from within an hour and a bit of Bend. Another thank your to the Cascade Mycological Society for sharing their mushroom labels. This made naming specimens much easier, but still very challenging without a REAL mycologist on hand. Here are a few photos of our small, but lovely show.
More photos to come.
We are excited about our first mushroom show and have been working hard to make it successful. This mushroom season, however, has been a challenge. Though we have found plenty of white Chanterelles, we want to have a full range of fungi for the show. You can help if you are willing to carefully gather a variety of specimens and bring them to me by Friday. Contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some people just can’t stop themselves! And now the “fun” begins!
Several people have been talking about the safety of mushrooms growing in woods that have been recently sprayed with retardant. If any of you readers have comments or information about this, please post a comment or link.
A mushroom student and chemistry teacher here at the local college sent me this email reply to my question:
From Carol H.
“Wikipedia has a nice descriptive page on the foams that are used in firefighting, both for structural fires and for wildland fires: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefighting_foam
I probably was overstating concern about the chemicals used in them when we chatted about this last night. I remember having a conversation with some fire science students a few years ago where they mentioned AFFF, which contains fluorinated organic chemicals (fluorine on a carbon backbone). That stuff is mentioned in the Wikipedia article and is a halogenated organic: a member of a family of compounds that raise a little environmental concern in me. There are some bad actors in that group.
BUT I was not correct in making them sound as bad as polychlorinated or polybrominated biphenyls. Those are the bad actors in that family, and are the compounds that are used in flame-retardants used in furniture.
The firefighting foams are mostly water and surfactants (detergents, soaps). The foam helps hold the water to the things that could burn, which makes them better than water alone. It looks like the red color may be from iron in the formula, added to aid visibility.
As far as foraging from places that have recently been foamed, I still probably wouldn’t do it.
Thanks for giving me a reason to look this up!”
Thank you, Buddy Mays for the great photos!
Please spread the word about this great event for all of us who live in Central Oregon! October 20-21 at the Sunriver Nature Center. The Fungi Fest show is on Saturday, 10 -2 PM. If you have mushrooms to share with us for the show, please bring them in!