NOTE: This week’s finds are at the end of the post, so read on . . . .
Yep, it has been a rainy week indeed. With Joaquin coming up from the Bahamas and a stagnant Low over South Florida we’ve had plenty here in the Valley, and my friends on the other side of the mountains (Asheville) have had even more. For me, it began Thursday evening at the NAMA (North American Mycological Association)
annual foray at Black Mountain, NC and continued until I got home on Sunday. Then it began here, and it did not quit until last night (Sat). Ten days is enough!!! For the upside, however,, read on . . . . .NAMA was cool. Lots of collections (almost 400 species) and excellent lectures/talks. The session on mycophagy was outstanding. A lot of people put in many hours and much effort to put on a gastronomical feast for the attendees. That was Good Eats indeed – eat your heart out Alton Brown. Wow!
I co-led a foray on Saturday. We had 40 signed up, but only three braved the rain and the thought of an all day experience in it. In spite of the low turnout, some cool species were found. Those three foragers were some serious mushroomers.
The rains here began to slack up Friday and over the weekend I found 2 Hen of the Woods (6 lbs total), three Chicken of the Woods (17 lbs total) two small Hericium and a lonely Lobster. Surprisingly, no giant puffballs yet, but the Meadow Mushrooms are showing. Tomorrow, I’m taking two clients to the mountains on a private foray. My guess, and hope, is that we will see a variety including T. caligata and Rozites caperata – the Gypsy. In my opinion, this time of year sees a reduction in variety of edibles but good quantities of what you do find. Maybe, because many are saprophytes.