Yes, this is the Berkeley Polypore that was pictured in my last post. In Mushrooms of West Virginia, Roody rated it as “edible when young, later the flesh becomes bitter and fibrous”. So, what do you do with a 6 1/2 pounder? I gave mine to Rebecca and Daniel who operate the Tootsie Truck – best food truck in town. Always exploring and stretching. She called me yesterday and raved over the fabulous stock they created with it, and they will use it with a “noodle cup” Saturday at the Knoxville Market Square Farmers Market. I plan to get my sample cup. If you want to experience what this very large and often ignored (by foodies) mushroom can do, come on down Saturday. While you’re there, stop by my booth #139 and tell me what you think.
Rebecca also made a donation to the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge in our name (the Celebrity Dance Contest) without me asking. Thank you Tootsie Truck!!
Also, thanks to my readers who have donated. You’ll get one of my “thank you” mushroom cards after the contest is over and I have all the addresses. I think we are leading with over $1,500 !!!! One more week.