That’s where I’ve been the past two weeks, so now it’s time to catch up with a post. I had three private forays that were very successful in the variety and number of mushrooms the clients collected. Of course, I’ve been picking chanterelles, checking the lobster patch, enjoying my days in the woods despite the extreme heat and humidity.
Among the edibles found in the last two weeks are Chanterelles (many kinds), Chicken of the Woods, Lactarius (volemus, corrugis and hyrophoides, Purple Lacarria, Bicolor boletes, Sparassis, Fistulina (beefsteak), Black Trumpets and lobsters.
There were also several mushrooms found that are interesting, especially. These are bicolor boletes that had the pileipellis (cuticle) eaten by deer. We watched one doing it in a patch of ferns.
This Gyroporus cyanescens var cyanescens is the first one I have seen – ever. I believe that if I had rolled it around in my hands, I would have had a totally deep indigo bolete. A quite cool find.
I have only seen Lactarius atroviridis once, at an Oconee foray. This one we found in the Smokies, but several days later I found 4 or 5 in a group in my “close to the house” hunting ground. Oak-small beech mix.
I seldom find Black Trumpets, musch less on top of a ridge. But, the ridge is sandy. I was up there looking for the summer fruiting of my Mystery Bolete – next picture.
The Bessettes said they needed some whole specimens dried. I found 4 and they’re in the dryer.
The host for the lobster, at least in this patch, is Russula brevipes.
And of course, my favorite.