Yep, after many weeks it has rained, and rained, and rained, for at least 7 days. Mushrooms are everywhere. July 4th, I skipped the Saturday Market and joined he Cumberland Mycological Society for their foray at the Big South Fork National Recreation Area. Jay Justice was coming to serve as foray mycologist, and I hadn”t seen him in a while, so I drove the 4 hours round trip. What surprised me was the variety of boletes this early in the year. Jay counted at least six different genera at one point – multiple species in some. This picture is a collection of what is probably B. sensibilis, with just enough oddness to need a confirmation.
Rains bring out the oysters. The tree on the left gave up a little over two pounds on Friday. The log on the right yielded 17 pounds after culling out some slightly mature individuals. With this many, you can high-grade your harvest (there were more behind me when I took the picture). I like those nice medium size ones, and we have enjoyed several dishes of oysters and onions, with a dash of soy sauce and Worcestershire, grilled on the Big Green Egg. Served over a steak or mixed with bite size pieces of left over steak.
What to do with the Lactarius coming up? In a day or so, I’ll post Theresa Rey Ousler’s marinated Lactarius recipe, Pretty good.
Chanterelles are hitting their stride, and are starting to peek up out of the wet hollows onto higher ground. I’ve been able to bring home around 30 pounds so far, so it’s just where you are looking. If a place looks right, based on your experience, look closely for little pinheads that say “come back later”. A good place to look for them is in patches of moss, because it holds moisture so well, and the tiny yellow/orange pinheads stand out. Especially around the base of a tree or along a trail where there is exposure. Here’s the picture from a few weeks ago showing what I mean.