Pycnoporellus alboluteus. No common name.
This was a fun find with the surface of its pores now eroded into spines. I usually see small 4″ orange specimens, but this was large, maybe 3 ft long. It’s one of those mushrooms you notice in a book and hope you will find someday because it is one of a kind. Lucky for us who hunt in the western mountains, it is not all that uncommon.
Julie was lucky to find a mature Matsie (Tricholoma magnivelare) this week on the roads to Mt. Bachelor, maybe 5000 ft. Your local mushroom permit says that you cannot pick a Matsie without purchasing a special permit. You are, however, allowed incidental picking for educational purposes. “Oh, is that what this is, Officer?!” Ignorance is bliss, sometimes.
Note the amber staining on all parts of the aging mushroom.
We ate a few small Matsies tonight for dinner, compliments of a friend. I cooked them directly in the rice and saute’d one in butter to top the miso/edamame soup. That red hots/dirty socks odor is so distinctive and delicious paired with Japanese cuisine! My standard is to slice them thin and add to a stir-fry, but tonight I wanted everything to taste like Matsutake. It worked. Yum!
Thank you, Ellen, for your generous gift of a young Sparassis radicata. I checked my Sparassis tree earlier in the season, but no luck. Either it was too early (most likely) or someone else got there first but you assured me yours wasn’t near my spot. This mushroom comes up in the same place most every year, so I hope you marked it on your GPS for next October.
Sparassis is supposedly a parasite on conifers, but it is very slow in damaging a tree. We have been finding it for over 20 years at the base of the same Doug Fir and the tree still looks healthy. From the literature, I understand that it also fruits on pine and oak trees. That was new to me.
Sparassis is a real pain to clean and the base is frequently infested with worms. Best to get young specimens and cut the base right away to see if the worms have taken over. You may end up with half of the mushroom. This specimen had just a few worm holes and cleaned relatively easily with the petals being so short. We fried it in butter and had divine omelets this morning! Many thanks!
Today, eight of us ventured to the Odell Lake area searching for wet spots in a very dry forest. The beauty of the woods on a sunny Autumn day cannot be given words. Although we found few edibles, we collected a delightful diversity for the club meeting tomorrow night. Buddy M. took these pictures. The first one is Linda holding Jim H.’s huge 3 pound KING bolete!! At least two of us walked right by this and missed it. WHAT A FIND, JIM!
Don’t forget that the Central Oregon Mushroom Club will meet on Friday evening, September 30, at 6 PM at the Environmental Center in downtown Bend. We are heading out tomorrow to find mushrooms for you to view during the first part of the meeting. Please bring any you find in your yards or journeys. See you there.
It was so very beautiful on Santiam Pass today during the class field trip. Black lava, red and orange and yellow leaves backlit by the sun. The vine maples were showing us their best finery.
Click here to watch a short talk on how trees talk to each other: http://www.ted.com/talks/suzanne_simard_how_trees_talk_to_each_other
Guess what plays a significant role in how trees communicate underground! Well worth 18 minutes of your time.
My friend, Dale’s, excursion to an area north of Florence along the coast, yielded, these lovely young specimens. The left mushroom is clearly a nice Boletus edulis button and the right mushroom is a young Matsutake, Tricholoma magnevelare. The season has begun, so get out into the woods and start looking!
Our next club meeting will be held on September 30, 6 PM, at the Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas. This is a locals meeting with no outside speaker. Linda Gilpin will review the mushroom tables, discussing specimens that have been brought to the meeting. If you are finding mushrooms and plan to attend the meeting, please bring mushrooms to share for identification purposes (and bragging rights, if it applies.) If you can get out a day or two before the meeting and gather whatever you can find, please come share and learn. After the tables, Lawrence Boomer will show a great slide show of mushrooms you may find. Ken C. will make announcements about up coming mushroom field trips and out-of-area events you may want to attend. We will open the meeting to all who would like to share mushroom hunting stories. Join us for a personal locals meeting and stay tuned for the October meeting where we bring in Skye Weintraub to do a talk titled: “Tasty or Toxic.”