Thanks to all of you who made the evening worth the trouble by showing up and participating despite the 15 degree temperature. We had 43 attendees, totally amazing. During the first half hour, we mingled and chatted and looked at some of the mushrooms brought in. Julie had gathered 5 or 6 small Amanitas from a yard in Portland and they fit the Amanita phalloides description very well. I was surprised how small they were, but that beautiful light greenish satin cap was very unusual. It was exciting to handle something with such a deadly reputation.
I brought in 5 or 6 Amanita smithianas given to me from a friend who hunted on his way here from Portland. They were a bit old so the classic crumbly white veil was not easily seen. It was fortunate that someone brought in several Matsutakes so we could visually compare the two look-alikes, a great edible and a toxic poison one, side by side. Next time I must remember a camera!
Our “show and tell” time was more “tell” than show, but many folks had interesting stories of their fall mushroom adventures and cooking or storing suggestions. There were many new faces and some I haven’t seen in years, but all shared a strong enthusiasm for fungi! One new face was a woman who traveled here for our mushroom club meeting from ASHLAND! She was very knowledgeable about local edibles and invited all of us to come down her direction where they are carrying out grocery bags full of white chanterelles.
Ky was present, selling wet yellow chanterelles and huckleberries. We ate the whole pound of Chanterelles stuffed in acorn squash tonight.
I gave a short talk on cold weather mushrooms (20 minutes) and had to cut the discussion off so I could get to the slides. I will put the slides on this site, as I get to them, so keep checking here and please comment. If I know you are looking at this, I am more likely to post more about mushrooms.
There is a lot of passion for mushrooms in Central Oregon!! Our club will do well if we keep meetings and forays happening!