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11/23/2008 09:06:01 PM · #1
I've gotten the mushroom bug. I figure I'm walking around the wood enough that I should start to be able to identify the tons of mushrooms that grow around here in Oregon. I've started talking to other hunters, eaten some awesome Chanterelles, and picked up a field guide. Today I just went down a random forest road about 40 minutes out of town and just picked every kind of mushroom my son and I could find. He thought it was a blast. Then we brought them home and I'm just working on identifying what we got. Nothing is edible and don't worry, I'm not stupid about eating something I'm not sure of. We seemed to have found some good examples of:

Cortinarius phoeniceus
Clitocybe robusta
Russula emetica (the Sickener)
Ramaria formosa (coral fungus)

Anyway, we had a fun time. The first time I come across Chanterelles will be like finding buried treasure (I found Woolly Chanterelles, but those aren't edible).

Any other hunters out there?
11/23/2008 09:26:04 PM · #2
Dibs on your 5D. ;-P
11/23/2008 09:27:54 PM · #3
OM Word! LOL @ Shannon! *grin*

Enjoy, Doc! :)
11/23/2008 09:34:30 PM · #4
The only mushrooms I ever picked were morels and pine mushrooms in NW BC; they sell for incredibly outrageous prices to Japan. Be very very freakin' careful, Achoo, find thee a local mycologist and get them to identify your shrooms before you even think of eating them!
11/23/2008 10:05:03 PM · #5
You are in the Mushroom Capital of the World. "D You will have to find your own location for Morel mushrooms. Nobody will tell you where they go. Oh dear those are SO GOOD!

You can print them on paper, for ID, by pressing the cut surface to the paper. And photo them, too.

I was once an avid mushroom hunter, at least in the cow pastures...
11/23/2008 10:08:10 PM · #6
I harvested some bright orange Chanterelles (I think) at my mom's ranch a few years ago. Lightly sauteed them and they were marvelous.

She had a field guide as well.

Also found some of the hallucinogenic mushroom variety but I am too old and responsible to try those!
11/23/2008 10:12:40 PM · #7
Originally posted by pixelpig:

You will have to find your own location for Morel mushrooms.


No Kidding! I've asked people at work and the best I get is something like "South of here." Ya, thanks a ton. ;)
11/23/2008 11:00:18 PM · #8
Ooooh....Magic Mushrooms......!!!!!!
11/23/2008 11:01:51 PM · #9
Originally posted by scalvert:

Dibs on your 5D. ;-P


It's probably damp and covered with
fungus.
11/23/2008 11:05:07 PM · #10
Originally posted by fir3bird:

Originally posted by scalvert:

Dibs on your 5D. ;-P


It's probably damp and covered with
fungus.


But definitely wet!
11/23/2008 11:20:51 PM · #11
I've got a good friend that's going to Lane for Botany. He's a big mushroom geek, and took me out a couple times. We headed out South East somewhere along Highway 58 and branched off into some side road. There were tons of people out there. People have been shot for crossing into certain peoples' "territory" (not kidding). Be careful wandering out there.

Personally I hate mushrooms!
11/23/2008 11:28:51 PM · #12
I have gone mushroom picking with my mother in the pine forests of New Jersey quite a few times, my family is really into it... sometimes my mother brings back huge bags full of mushrooms, don't know the name for them but they are tasty fried with butter or pickled!
11/23/2008 11:30:17 PM · #13
ah see if you can find someone who's good at sauteeing(spelling?) morells, they are amazing!!
11/23/2008 11:50:27 PM · #14
I saw some in the cow pastures. need some?
11/24/2008 04:19:36 AM · #15
My wife and I were discussing last week how there are so many more mushrooms all over this year and some are huge. I later noticed 2 giant ones right at the edge of our back yard. Plucked 'em up and put them in a plastic grocery bag and carried them up to the office and set them on a table in my photo studio (a closed room in my office) where I figured I would take some photos later. ...five days later, I happened into that room for something and was blown away by the stench - it smelled like a badly decomposing body (not that I would know what a real one smells like or anything).

So... no pictures. :(
11/24/2008 04:39:09 AM · #16
I have eaten what is known as the western puffball. They are exceptionally easy to identify, but not terribly great on the flavor scale. In Colorado though, just make sure you don't eat any Fly Agaric! They look great but the effects of consumption are more than enough to make you think twice!!!
Here is a site I have used for local info, in addition to my field guide.
Mushroom Site
Enjoy, but be careful!
11/24/2008 07:53:13 PM · #17
Mushrooms are one of my favorite subjects with a macro lens

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03/16/2010 08:08:27 PM · #18
I keep returning to this thread. Last fall I came across my first Chanterelle find and had a delicious meal. This year I hope to find morels. Was wondering if anybody has tips? Do I just find a fire zone from last year and start looking about?
03/16/2010 08:16:05 PM · #19
I shot these in the garden and they only lasted about 24 hours from a stub to this state. I have no idea what kind they are. Any help would be appreciated.

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ETA: They were in the base of planter with Caladiums (sp).

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03/16/2010 09:10:42 PM · #20
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

I keep returning to this thread. Last fall I came across my first Chanterelle find and had a delicious meal. This year I hope to find morels. Was wondering if anybody has tips? Do I just find a fire zone from last year and start looking about?


I'm not too sure about how they grow up there in the PNW, but here's some info I found about them here in Colorado Morel Tips
There's a good amount of info on that site in general.
03/16/2010 09:22:11 PM · #21
I worked up the courage to try some wild black trumpet mushrooms I found last year in Maine. They seemed like a pretty safe and distinctive variety, and I'm almost certain some large mushrooms that grow in my yard are hen of the woods. I'll probably check them out more thoroughly this year.
03/16/2010 10:02:57 PM · #22
Originally posted by scalvert:

I worked up the courage to try some wild black trumpet mushrooms I found last year in Maine. They seemed like a pretty safe and distinctive variety, and I'm almost certain some large mushrooms that grow in my yard are hen of the woods. I'll probably check them out more thoroughly this year.


I can't remember if I shared this story somewhere else on DPC, but last year I also found some angel wings which are a fungus shaped like hen of the woods. They are stark white and probably pretty hard to mistake so I felt safe trying some out. I'm pretty sure I psyched myself into having symptoms. I felt like my stomach was in knots and a bit lightheaded like I was buzzed. I was so concerned I had a glass of saltwater sitting on the counter and I debated back and forth about drinking it. I ultimately didn't and nothing bad happened, but it scared me off for a while (until I found the Chanterelles which I KNOW how to identify).
03/16/2010 10:05:39 PM · #23
Thanks for the page SS. I don't know if I should pay attention or not. I'll hunt around for some Oregon tips.
03/16/2010 10:17:41 PM · #24
We have those crazed mushroom hunters here too(Indiana)! You can tell where they hunt because you'll see a car just pulled over next to a wooded area. No driver in sight of course because they are out hunting their favorite locales. Good luck finding your spot!!
03/16/2010 10:27:25 PM · #25
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

Thanks for the page SS. I don't know if I should pay attention or not. I'll hunt around for some Oregon tips.


Yeah, I know what you mean. It might be worthwhile to see if some of the "signaling" species of plants grow up there too... if they do, I imagine they would still be growing in the same sorts of areas that morels would be. I mean, the species' requirements are the same. Also, just found Oregon Mycological Society, but to access things you have to be a member for $25 then $17/year.
Just don't eat any Fly Agarics... those things are all over here...
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