Entries Tagged as 'Help with Identification'

Chanterelles on the west side in the rain

Donna emailed that she and Mac found yellow Chanterelles on the west side, Hwy 126, outside of Blue River (Aufderheide) on Sunday, yesterday. The resulting mushroom gravy was “to die for!”   With the prediction of snow in Bend in the next few days, this may be the last post of mushroom finds for awhile.  If you are still finding things, please post!!

Mushrooms still fruiting in places

I know the passes and the valley still have mushrooms coming.   Julie and Cynthia sent photos of Amanitas just pushing up on the west side of the mountains. It is frosty now, and will be much colder the next few days, so this may be the end of our season.  If you can make it a lower elevation, you can still have luck.

The first photo is from Cynthia who is in WA right now and sent this picture.  The others are from Julie who is in north Portland and wondering which yellow Amanita is growing in a yard in Portland.  Have ideas?

Any ideas on id?

Any ideas on id?

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Julie's Portland Amantia

Julie’s Portland Amantia

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A Season of Hericium

I can’t remember a season where so many people found Hericium (Bear’s Head!)  Every week I get brief bulletins from mushroom hunters saying they have found another fruiting. I’m not at all sure what this means.  Is it because more people know about Hericium or because Hericium is fruiting so prolifically? No matter, it’s all good.  Be sure to mark that tree on your GPS for next fall’s fruiting.  Thanks for the photos, Cindy Z!

Cindy Z and her Bear's Head mushroom

Cleaning Hericium

Ready to cook

Cook off the liquid, do not drain it off or you lose flavor.

Tim and Tana’s Chanterelle haul

A cleaning and cooking overload!

Last week’s stash for these folks looks like it will mean a food preservation marathon! I wonder how many hours it took!

COMC has been rebooted! Come to the meeting Nov. 12!

Mushrooming update from the Crescent area

From Christina in Crescent:

The mushrooms are in in full fruit down here in Crescent. So beautiful! I was wondering if you know the species of this large, slimy capped Cortinarius that is popping up all over around Odell Lake. I have so many specimens to process, so I don’t have time to sit down and key it out. Any thoughts? Also, I thought you would enjoy the pic I took of an enormous Sparassis. Wow!”

Christina's huge Sparassis!

Anyone know what Cortinarius this might be?

The rains have brought mushrooms!

If you haven’t been out mushroom hunting lately, get out before it gets cold!  I have been seeing many mushrooms around town and folks have been bringing me things to identify every couple days.  Many of the specimens are water-logged, but still in edible shape. On Monday, a friend brought me a lovely Sparrasis (Cauliflower mushroom) along with Leccinums, wet Chanterelles,  a couple of King Boletes, and two old Matsies. Among the interesting and non-edible species he brought was a young Amanita smithiana,  small but still fresh with white crumbly scales on the stem (poisonous!)  These were all found on Hwy 58 somewhere near Odell Lake on Monday.

Tuesday someone brought by a huge Hericium abietes from one of the side roads off Century Drive toward Bachelor.  I have never seen Hericium growing up there, but it clearly does!  Yes, it was dripping with water, and will be difficult to clean, but it’s nice to see something so lovely growing closer to home.  Are you still finding Chanterelles or decent King Boletes, Readers?

Doug and Diane’s mushroom fun

YES! Hericium power! A decent haul for Doug and Diane!

“Hericium, Sparassis, Pigs Ears, Lemon Boletes, and Angel Wings all this morning:)  from Doug’s 10/24/14 email.

Sunday’s stash……

This is what we picked from our old standby site on Sunday.  The yellow Chanterelles are a little water-logged and we left many that were molded over.

There’s still enough to provide a few good meals.  Dry saute is the only thing that will work for these wet ones, adding the butter after the liquid evaporates.  After tediously cleaning them, my hands smelled like apricot-chanterelle even after washing. Mmmmm…

The Hericium was also a little soggy and this was before today’s heavy rain. It didn’t have a ton of flavor.  The rain must have been a localized shower where we hunted.  Not much diversity fruiting in the area, not even Russula! That should change quickly if it doesn’t freeze hard. The rain is just so late this fall!

I wonder if the shows and festivals in the valley were fruitful.  Did any of you go?  I will definitely be at the Eugene Mt. Pisgah show this Sunday even if it rains, after a short overnighter to the coast.  Keep comments coming.

Truffle trip to Spain and truffle dog training

As a member of Oregon Mycological Society (OMS) of Portland, I received this email and thought I would post it for those of you who have been interested in truffles.  Spain, well, that would be great, but the truffle dog training might be more realistic.  All good information.  There is a truffle festival in Eugene in January as well.  It sells out, so if you are interested in truffles, stay tuned here for posts in the winter when they ripen.

Information on Truffle Trip to Spain from Christine Fischer, info@sitkasercivesllc.com

Greetings from Spain!

I left Portland and the PNW where I got my start in forest mycology more than 25 years ago to come to Spain where I have devoted my work to the ecology and cultivation of the Black Truffle, Tuber melanosporum.

Having recently decided to teach fungal ecology in a most delicious way, I would love to invite you and your members who would love to hunt and eat truffles to come to Spain for a special tour this winter. This trip is all about Black Truffles and also about travelling into the heart of Spain, rich in regional culinary traditions, the warm Spanish hospitality, and an abundance of spectacular natural beauty and well-preserved heritage from Celtic, Roman, Arab, and medieval times.

I am offering this special guided tour to the region of Soria, Spain – where the Black Truffle grows naturally in the limestone soils, and has been an important “non-wood forest product”  to promote the rural forest economy through cultivation. Soria is a region that truly celebrates mycological tourism and gastronomy. And showcasing and pairing regional wines with truffles is always part of the fun!

I would love to reach-out to your members who appreciate culinary travel adventures with this invitation to journey way-off the beaten path and get to know the history, the landscapes and habitat where this mycorrhizal fungus evolved.

We offer the trip in the second week of February when the truffles are ripe and richly aromatic and the chefs have elaborated their new truffle menus. This is for a small group of travelers who love to get to know the truffle hunters, their dogs, the chefs and take a winter pilgrimage for reflection and enjoyment.

Come have a look at our 2015 trip and join the adventure http://sitkaservicesllc.com/2015-trip-details/

Get a taste of last year’s trip http://sitkaservicesllc.com/2014-tour-gallery/

Trip includes: All transportation during the 8 days beginning from the Madrid airport or Madrid Train Station (Atocha) with return the following Sunday; hotel accommodations and mostly 3 meals/day, including 4 special Black Truffle feasts and wines; guided tours. Hotels have been chosen to enjoy the comfort, hospitality and historical settings in Soria.

Maximum of 12 persons for this tour

Trip Cost: $4200/ person with a deposit of $500 to reserve your place by October 20, 2014.

Full payment is due by January 8, 2014.

Truffle Dog Training Sponsored by the North American Truffling Society

Noted dog trainer, Jeannine May, will lead the NATS truffle dog training seminar at

The Forestry Club Cabin at Peavy Arboretum in Corvallis, Oregon, on Saturday,

November 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM.

Map: http://www.cof.orst.edu/cf/forests/arboretum/arboretum_map.php

The seminar will be a combination of lecture, fundamentals of scent training and practical fieldwork.

Attendance is limited to six dogs and six audits.  A waiting list will be maintained.

Fees must be paid at time of registration.  All dogs will be required to be under handler control and be well mannered in the company of other dogs and people.  Dogs that are not friendly with people or other dogs must have instructor approval prior to registering. Auditing may be recommended depending on issues. There is plenty if room for crates next to you for well mannered dogs. If dogs are too disruptive to other participants during the lecture they may be asked to wait in your vehicle. Current rabies vaccination required for participating dogs. Beverages and Continental breakfast will be provided.

Dog and owner training ~       $200 for NATS members

$215 for non-members (includes NATS 2015 membership)

Audit class, sans dog     ~       $100 for NATS members

$115 for non-member (includes NATS 2015 membership)

For questions contact:

Marilyn Hinds,

North American Truffling Society