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mycology. Anyone into foraging wild mushrooms?
« on: November 21, 2020, 05:29:43 PM »
Like the title asks, any of y'all get into foraging wild mushrooms?

It's a pretty new hobby for me and I'm having a good time getting into it. I spend a lot of time walking in the woods anyways and this is a great way to learn about tree species and poke around a little more. Not to mention it's really pretty sweet to find something that I can take home and eat and/or share with people. Other than cubes, I wasn't a mushroom eater until I started foraging this summer.

I hauled a bunch of yellow foot today, a chanterelle, and a lobster. 2 weeks ago I found a pair of King Boletes and some Lobster. Last week a pound of so of lobster and 1 King Bolete.

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Re: mycology. Anyone into foraging wild mushrooms?
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2020, 06:03:23 PM »
Morels>the rest

Honestly the hunt for the morel is one of my favorite things in the spring.  I donít particularly enjoy eating them but they make great drop off gifts for neighbors who are too old to go looking themselves anymore.   

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Re: mycology. Anyone into foraging wild mushrooms?
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2020, 06:07:19 PM »
Morels>the rest

Honestly the hunt for the morel is one of my favorite things in the spring.  I donít particularly enjoy eating them but they make great drop off gifts for neighbors who are too old to go looking themselves anymore.

I found one morel 2 years ago. They're kind of elusive. All the others are super abundant. I found well over 100 yellow feet today.

Look for Lobster mushrooms- they actually taste something close to lobster meat.

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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2020, 12:22:18 AM »
Found a giant chicken of the woods along the AT this year. Huge huge, and not old at all.  Chanterelles sometimes too.
Morels are the only time I go out with searching as my purpose.  2 months ago they cut down the woods where the best morel spot I know was. Literally bulldozed it flat to make a new intermodal Train Yard. Still hoping there's a few left next spring.
I made a morel slury and spread it through my yard 3 years ago. Next spring I found 3 morels, but the year after, nothing
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2020, 12:34:24 AM »
Take spore prints and grow em out!
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2020, 07:28:56 AM »
Iíve heard of every trick in the book for morels, fact is they require a dying/dead tree to grow.  Spreading spores, leaving dead ones, etc.  none of it works.

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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2020, 08:04:48 AM »
Take spore prints and grow em out!
Exactly. Can't be that hard considering my friends do it.
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2020, 08:24:09 AM »
I had an organic chemistry professor who warned us that the delicious morel is sometimes mistaken for similar looking mushrooms that contain monomethylhydrazine, or some such toxic compound. Be safe out there, mycolleagues!




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Re: mycology. Anyone into foraging wild mushrooms?
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2020, 08:43:38 AM »
I had an organic chemistry professor who warned us that the delicious morel is sometimes mistaken for similar looking mushrooms that contain monomethylhydrazine, or some such toxic compound. Be safe out there, mycolleagues!




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There is the false morel and the half-free morel, both of which should be avoided.  Once you know the difference they are easy to spot.  Also, even true morels should be washed and cooked thoroughly to avoid gastrointestinal issues. 

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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2020, 10:49:07 AM »
Iíve heard of every trick in the book for morels, fact is they require a dying/dead tree to grow.  Spreading spores, leaving dead ones, etc.  none of it works.

The slurry I used had Ash and oak mulch with molasses. Where they popped up was only under the old Oak tree of course.  This year the weather just wasnt that great in my area. The few times the weather was sweet, I was stuck at work. 
There's a spot I got taken to in northern VA where the white morels grow big as a first.  Coworker and I picked 8 jugs in 4 hours there.  Not sure why they sell and barter morels in "jugs" around MD,PA,WVa,VA.  Never heard the term elsewhere.

This and mycelium running late always good reads.




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Re: mycology. Anyone into foraging wild mushrooms?
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2020, 02:22:12 PM »
My favorite ones are Boletus and Sparassis Crispa (cauliflower fungus). I only look for those two basicly since they are super easy to classify and there are no poisenous ones that resemble them. At least not in the center of Germany were I go look for them. I wish I knew a bit more about mushrooms and I could collect other kinds of mushrooms as well. There are some super poiseness ones in my area, especially the Amanita phalloides (deathcap), which resembles the delicius Agaricus kinds.
Last year I found alot of Boletus. This year I only went once and I did not find a single one. It was probably a bit too early in the year.

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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2020, 03:37:28 PM »
I was looking for Chicken of the Woods when I Was visiting the US east coast during late September/early October. I didn't find any. I did however stumble across a big fat Cauliflower mushroom.

What's cool is finding the harder to find ones and remembering the spot with hopes that the will grow there again the following year

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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2020, 04:51:12 PM »
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Iíve heard of every trick in the book for morels, fact is they require a dying/dead tree to grow.  Spreading spores, leaving dead ones, etc.  none of it works.
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The slurry I used had Ash and oak mulch with molasses. Where they popped up was only under the old Oak tree of course.  This year the weather just wasnt that great in my area. The few times the weather was sweet, I was stuck at work. 
There's a spot I got taken to in northern VA where the white morels grow big as a first.  Coworker and I picked 8 jugs in 4 hours there.  Not sure why they sell and barter morels in "jugs" around MD,PA,WVa,VA.  Never heard the term elsewhere.

This and mycelium running late always good reads.


Iíve tried most every method.  Using bags with holes, only picking half of the morels we came across, nothing works like nature. 
Best advice I know of for morels is to look up almost as much as you look down.  Look for elms or other hardwoods with no leaves but bark still attached to the tree.  Soil temp is also important.  Donít go too early or you will just step on all the baby mushrooms and youíll miss out.  Patience patience patience.  Find a good spot.  Take one step.  Look around for 30 seconds.  Take another step, look around for 30 seconds. 
Donít be discouraged by videos other people take.  Most of that is pre-planned.

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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2020, 04:52:10 PM »
Or recently burned areas are good for black morels. 
Apple orchards are good too, but beware of poison.

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« Reply #14 on: Today at 06:43:49 PM »
I bought that book Ryan Reyes was using in that Jenkem vid they made a year back or so about foraging for mushrooms...still havenít used it properly though, super interested in it though, if there are any slap pals around Austin that wanna go out and show a greenhorn the ropes let me know
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« Reply #15 on: Today at 06:58:22 PM »
I love going to grab them in the Winter here (in South East Melbourne OZ), they grow everywhere in the pine forests so it's pretty easy - we get Saffron Milk Caps and Slippery Jacks but I don't trust picking anything else. I usually make burgers or a Bolognese, it's sick.
You can also get all Ryan Reyes on it and get some Blue Meanies or Gold Caps, they're everywhere - my homie has them growing in his front lawn.     
                                                                                                 

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« Reply #16 on: Today at 08:39:56 PM »
I love going to grab them in the Winter here (in South East Melbourne OZ), they grow everywhere in the pine forests so it's pretty easy - we get Saffron Milk Caps and Slippery Jacks but I don't trust picking anything else. I usually make burgers or a Bolognese, it's sick.
You can also get all Ryan Reyes on it and get some Blue Meanies or Gold Caps, they're everywhere - my homie has them growing in his front lawn.     
                                                                                               

you like the slippery jacks? I heard they're kinda gross.

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« Reply #17 on: Today at 09:19:04 PM »
I hve some chanterelles spots that I visit every summer, beyond that I know very little but think it's pretty interesting.

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