Late but happy new year! I really gotta try to post more, I have sooo many finds from last year I haven't posted yet. Been finding a lot of these brick caps this winter. Still too chicken to try them though. 🍄
As the Summer heat swealters I’ve noticed of all the chanterelle species, these Cinnabar Chanterelles (Cantharellus Cinnibarinus) have been the most persistent fruiting bodies!
Typically Chanterelles come out around the beginning of summer, depending on the region you’re foraging. As with all mushrooms, they love a good series of rain storms, but as the heat comes to a peak toward the end of the summer they begin to fizzle out as Boletes and Amanitas stake their claim on the forest floor. To this day I’m still finding some beautiful chanterelles of all species but with a more keen eye and in less quantities. BUT, like I said, these Cinnabar Chanterelles don’t quit!
I’ve also found that as Chanterelles (Cantharellus Cibarius), Smooth Chanterelles (Cantharellus Lateritius), and Appalachian Chanterelles (Cantharellus Appalachiensis) tend to spread across different regions of the forests during the season, these Cinnabar Chanterelles like to stand their ground and reproduce right where they started when the season began. Though they’re small in stature they continue to fruit in great numbers throughout the entirety of the season. Their sweet flavor will have you coming back for more, and luckily, they’ll be there!
Suggested Cinnabar Chanterelle Recipe:
Summer Pesto Pasta with Chanterelle Mushrooms
This dish is the perfect mix of sweet and savory!
DISCLAIMER: *As with all wild foraged edible mushrooms, be sure to have a 100% positive ID before consuming & be sure to always cook your mushrooms throughly, sautéing them for at least 10 minutes on medium heat before consuming. Never consume wild edible mushrooms raw.*
What you’ll need:
~2 cups Foraged Chanterelle mushrooms, 2 table spoons butter, 2 cloves garlic, pesto, grape tomatoes, pasta of your choice
*optional +sriracha, + parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast to keep it vegan)
1. Clean your chanterelle mushrooms - either blow off dirt, wipe off dirt with a damp cloth, or if they’re too dirty, rinse them & if this step is necessary - be sure to take this extra step before proceeding:
If Chanterelles have been wet or submerged in water, be sure to saute without fat (butter/oil) to allow the water to steam out of the mushrooms BEFORE you move on to step 3.
2. Boil salted water for your pasta of choice.
3. Saute your chanterelle mushrooms in a medium pan (cast iron preferred) on a medium heat, adding butter + garlic, stirring here & there for at least 10 minutes. Add sliced grape tomatoes after mushrooms are thoroughly cooked.
4. Add pasta to water and cook for 6-8 minutes - strain.
5. Add cooked pasta to veggie pan and add preferred amount of pesto sauce. Stir & add any additional toppings before serving.
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It's a chicken! I'm going to let it get a little bigger before harvesting. Laetiporus cincinnatus #chickenofthewoods #mushroom #ediblemushrooms #foraging #nature #naturephotography #mushroomhunting https://www.instagram.com/p/CSz1kRCLCw_/?utm_medium=tumblr
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
I have lots of dried lion’s mane mushroom for sale. Lion’s mane has a mild and delicate flavor, and it is loaded with nutrition and medicinal properties.
This mushroom has been demonstrated to prevent cancer and heal neurological and cognitive issues.
The dried mushroom can be reconstituted and used for cooking. It can also be used to make a tincture, extract, or tea.
anyone know what kind of mushrooms these are ? Found under an oak tree in New York #mushrooms #mushroomsociety #fungi #fungiphotography #mushroomhunting #edibles #ediblemushrooms (at Westchester County, New York) https://www.instagram.com/p/CGQx1wvjPEq/?igshid=rr6llddxawy9
What is difference a week makes in the world of fungi. There was barely anything to look at in the woods last Saturday and this week, there’s lots of activity including my first forage of Giant Blackening Polypore. It’s easy to mistake it for Chicken of the Woods and also needs cooking before eating. It can be chewy but we have some excellent young specimens popping up all over the place so my first experience was yummy yummy yummy. And not chewy at all. Also in this mix of pix is tiny lonely mushy ready to be stepped on in the path, young beefsteak mushroom (will come back for this in a day or two), orange wax cap in a super log hole and a poisonous roll rim growing in my neighbours front yard. . . . #mushroomseason #littlebrownmushroom #beefsteakmushroom #yellowwaxcap #waxcapmushroom #giantblackeningpolypore #giantpolypore #blackeningpolypore #polypore #brownrollrimmushroom #rollrimmushroom #ediblemushrooms #poisonousmushrooms #lincolnshire (at Harrowby, Lincolnshire) https://www.instagram.com/p/CiVejhMrAI5/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=
A lovely edible and medicinal hericium I found last year. More research has been coming out about their effects on the brain and memory and stuff. Fascinating! I plan to add more of them to my diet for sure! 🍄
What makes a mushroom a "Bolete" mushroom?
Like many mushrooms, these are grouped into an umbrella term for easier categorization. Though Bolete refers to the genus Boletus, not all Boletes are species of the Boletus Genus.
Generally these mushrooms considered Boletes feature a plump body with a spongey pore surface made up of tiny tubes that extend down from the cap. Of course, in typical mushroom fashion there is a handful of "Gilled Boletes" so don't get too comfortable...
Bolete mushrooms can display some of the most beautiful colors in the mushroom world. Many Boletes are already colorful, and then stain different colors, creating an almost tie-dye look as they bruise.
(As with all mushrooms, if you can help it, don't always pluck them. BUT for identification purposes, it does help to be able to study the entirety of the mushroom; therefore if you're making an intentional decision to properly ID a new mushroom, definitely pluck it from the ground in order to analyze all parts of the mushroom.)
Here are some basic tips for Identifying Bolete Mushrooms in particular:
Observe the cap: texture, colors, and shape.
Gently pull the mushroom up from the base, trying your best to keep the mycelium in tact as you pull it up from the ground. Mycelium color is a big help in properly identifying bolete mushrooms.
Once you've got a visual of the entirety of the mushroom, study the shape of the stipe, look for any reticulation, scabers, or smooth textures.
Observe the underside of the cap, the color, the size of the pores, and mark it a couple times to see if the pore surface stains any color.
Next use your knife to slice a cross-section of the mushroom. Here you can study the staining of the body of the mushroom and the pore tubes to see whether they're deep or shallow compared to the cap flesh.
Here are a couple basic terms used in Bolete Mushroom Identification:
Scabers: an organic speckled pattern made of small, stiff granular projections
Reticulation: a netting pattern, either faint and flush or robust and textured
Staining: when the flesh of a mushroom bruises a different color
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Buy Blue Meanies Online are a potent cubensis strain that received its name from it’s blue bruising. Soon after consuming (half an hour) you will feel the effects which include a mood enhancement with euphoria and excitement. Taking this mushrooms in a nature setting is much suggested for its intense visual enhancements. You will look at everything around you as alive and breathing, leaving you in a true introspective thought.
Blog Double Feature! Edible Wild Mushrooms and Halloween, Crows, and Ravens. Follow link in bio to read not one but two posts this month. Learn about edible mushrooms found right here in North Carolina and find out the symbolism of crows and Halloween! _ www.ravenametalworks.com _ #ravenametalworks #corvidcuriosities #metalsmith #blog #blogpost #newpost #doublefeature #mushroomseason #mushrooms #foraging #wildcrafting #ediblemushrooms #crows #ravens #halloween #spookyseason #samhain https://www.instagram.com/p/CVs_eXQJVbC/?utm_medium=tumblr
Stunning dryads saddle/pheasant back mushrooms in the spinney on the lane today. . . . #dryadssaddle #mushroomhunter #springmushrooms #mushlovers #bluebells #bluebellwoods #lincolnshire #pheasantback #ediblemushrooms (at Harrowby, Lincolnshire) https://www.instagram.com/p/CddE7LnInxs/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=