My last post was June 3 and today is the 24th, and it’s been an interesting few weeks. Our area has been almost devoid of rain EXCEPT five different rain events over a small area I like. The upshot is maybe 20 lbs of chanterelles, and now many other species are popping. My other patches are like concrete. But now, how fast does a Chicken of the Woods grow????
The first picture is probably the morning this L. cincinnatus emerged, because I had walked right by the tree the day before, looking sharply for chanterelles that grow nearby. The second picture is exactly 48 hours later. It weighed 2 1/2 pounds. Also, it was so fresh that on the part I viewed under my stereomicroscope I could see where the pores would be but they weren’t developed yet. The third picture is Bonnie and Jenn who did the harvesting, along with chanterelles and other good stuff, on a foray with me. We all ate a small sample (fried strips with garlic salt) and it was the definition of tender and delicious.
Lastly, after our foray, Ellen took me to check a wild raspberry patch. This morning, two days later, here is what we had for breakfast. ‘Shrooming teaches patience. Good Eats!!
Hold on to your basket because it won’t be long. Yesterday I cruised through the large black trumpet patch I discovered last year and found a couple of early ones. With this weekend’s projected rain, I’ll be making a point to check them a couple of times a week since it’s close by.
In the same area are several chanterelle patches, and a couple are showing color. I made a count today and came up with over 50, both tiny and pickling size like in the picture. Some of my other patches are showing color, but it’s just a pinhead here and there. Go to my archives from June 2015 and June 2014, and you can compare the “fruiting schedule”.
Also found a Russula virescens which is one of my favorite edibles and a Lactarius hygrophoroides. Believe it or not I collected a handful of honey mushrooms.
There’s a lot of other variety starting to show up, albeit not a lot of anything. Notables, but not edible, yesterday and today include Amanita fulva, Amanita bisporigera (Destroying Angel – in pix, Deadly poison), Lactarius argillaceifolius (in pix), and Ramaria spp.,
I also always try to note the ground cover and flowers to help me remember the season I’m in. In the area today were numerous Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison – in pix). I’ve foraged a lot of chanterelles over the years where fly poison was just past blooming. The individual flowers turn from white to yellow.
Rain is on the way, so be in the woods and be happy !!!
Still waiting for the mushrooms. Found some old oysters, but that’s it. But fortunately there’s other food excitement.
I got my first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box Saturday from Spring Creek Farm located in Elk Valley. I consider Adam and Shelby friends. Ellen and I love their place. We went up there a few weeks ago, and they had a very cute new Belted Galloway calf as well as piglets and lambs. Our box had fresh arugula, sorrel, spinach, mixed lettuce, head lettuce, large bunch of dill, and mustard greens. I made a giant salad (arugula, prosciutto, roasted parsnip and cured egg yolks to go along with lamb shanks that I also got from Adam and then braised. Yummy.
Fresh local strawberries are in, and we’re loving them. Today, I made a two layer sponge cake with macerated strawberries and whipped cream. It was my first ever sponge cake, but it turned out fine. It was a recipe and techniques out of Cooks Illustrated (we subscribe). You can view a video on www.CooksIllustrated.com/june16.
Hopefully, black trumpets and chanterelles aren’t far off.