Honeys or Honies ??

honey-stumpSept 22, 2016 – doesn’t matter how you write it, it’s spelled “good eats”. After a good rain on Sunday, about 1 1/2″ or better, I took some folks out on a foray and we ended up where honey mushrooms seemed to be at or near every dead hardwood.The stump that is pictured yielded 35 pounds, including stems, and trimmed out to 14 pounds of caps – all bug free !! I found two small bunches near my house Wednesday, so start looking for them.

chicks_plateauSeems as if Chicken of the Woods are fruiting around here also.chick2 chick1

Cauliflower and Lobsters

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It hasn’t rained appreciably in two weeks until yesterday afternoon and through the night – 2 1/2 inches, but I still found a few choice mushrooms. Hopefully more good stuff will come up this week.


These Sparassis herbstii were all around one pine. They are the cleanest and prettiest I have ever found. 2 1/2 pounds total




These lobsters were in one small group in my “monster patch”, so called by the over 100 pounds we found 5 years ago in a 2-acre old growth white pine plantation. The trees are dying, however, and the yields have been only 5-6 lbs.a year since then. Maybe this year will be another bumper crop. Hope !!!


This Berkeley polypore, 6 1/2 lbs, was at the base of the same tree we found one of equal size two weeks before.



IMG_0736I have been following these Berkeley polypores for almost three weeks. In a future post, I will paste all the pictures I took from when I first saw a pencil eraser-sized stub until today.

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Day 4

Day 4 of the great chicken watch was harvest day. Tender and wonderful. It was only 1 1/2 pounds, BUT when to harvest is a choice between quantity and quality. Of course, find one in the back woods and it’s “No chick left behind!!”

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Birthday (day 0)                                    Day 2                              Day 4

As a side bar, I led a group down the Imbrey and Hickory trails at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville on Sunday. The trails are heavy on invasive plants, but there were LOTS of box elder trees and they all seemed to have their ears on – wood ears that is, Auricularia auricula, not Mouseketeers for you older readers :-) .Several people got bags full !!!