Well, I have said before that mushrooming teaches me patience, hope and humility. So, last night as I was remarking to Ellen what a great birthday I’ve had with nearly 35 pounds of Hens over 10 trees, “ping” goes the phone and there is a message/picture from Charles. He harvested, from one tree, a cluster of Hens that after cleaning weighed 36 pounds !! Humility strikes again. My question is, “How does one haul that out of the woods? A 4-wheeler”. Use the “comments” function Dude and let us know.
At noon on day two 23 pounds – this is half. The turtle shell is my scale daddy. Always looking for red oaks. Found five new trees. I recommend learning your red oaks from your white oaks. Finally, my Forestry degrees paid off gastronomically !! They certainly didn’t at the bank (big chuckle here). Will be 71 day after tomorrow, and as Willie Nelson sings, “I woke up still not dead again today”. Can’t beat that.
The last two weeks have been pretty good for Chicken of the Woods and Cauliflower mushrooms. What I’ve been waiting for, however, is the Hen of the Woods, Grifola frondosa, also known as the Maitake. There was one present at a foray on Saturday on the Plateau, and this morning I got an e-mail from a friend in Nashville that she had collected one. Game On !! I spent some time near the house today, in several different wooded areas where Hens are known to hang out with mature red oaks – scarlet oaks and black oaks especially. Found two on new trees and one on a tree I had collected in 2015. Total of 11 pounds and I’m psyched about being out tomorrow and Wednesday before heading to the Oconee foray.