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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-20-2013, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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It's wild mushroom season! Last night I made a chantrelle cream sauce to go over noodles, This morning I had a pine mushroom omelette and tonight I'm having a steak smothered with lobster mushrooms. Sorry, but I can't reveal my location for mushrooms... Oh well, OK.. The Qualicum Beach Saturday Farmers Market!
Anybody have any favorite ways to use wild mushrooms in cooking?
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There are lots of pine mushrooms in Strathcona Park in the Buttle Lake area this year. This year is a bumper crop due to the weather...lots of rain initially then warm weather. When I'm hiking, I sometimes see clusters of 10 together but unfortunately picking is illegal in provincial parks so I have to be content with just photographing them.
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I go into the hills around the 9 km mark of Furry creek fsr. Steep but good habitat.
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Late September to early October was excellent for chanterelles this year. We got about 10 pounds over two trips and dehydrated most of them. The criteria based on my observations are: conifereous forests dominated by fir and hemlock, 100-300 metre elevation, sloping ground, heavy moss cover with salal.

Chanterelle gravy has become a tradition at thanksgiving. Chop either fresh or reconstituted dried mushrooms into 1cm pieces. Saute lightly in butter or olive oil in a small pot then add enough water to immerse them. Boil them for at least an hour with the giblets. Remove giblets and use the remaining brew when making the gravy. Reconstituted dried chanterelles may be better than fresh ones as they retain a cruchy texture - fresh ones can have a slimy texture that some people don't like. The flavor is the same whether or not you use dried or fresh ones.
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Speaking of mushrooms .... I posted about this earlier but not sure if ya'll saw it. Botanists at UBC think it might be a huge specimen of Lyophyllum Descastes, which we found near Callaghan Lake (near Whistler). This 'Fried Chicken' mushroom is apparently a near record size. Approximately twice the size of Basketball (see eyeglasses on the top of it). According to my fungal guidebook, it's actually edible, though can cause stomach upset. So, is it really edible?



what a monster [8D]
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There are a variety of wild plants growing in BC that are edible but not palatable.
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It's a good year for Amanita Muscaria, but beware

I read a scientific paper that said the August ones are better for conversations with the inner godhead (aka trippin balls) while the September and October ones are progressively more likely to result in severe nausea and loss of motor function



So much for getting a 1up
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Did it make you grow taller or shorter?
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Speaking of mushrooms .... I posted about this earlier but not sure if ya'll saw it. Botanists at UBC think it might be a huge specimen of Lyophyllum Descastes, which we found near Callaghan Lake (near Whistler). This 'Fried Chicken' mushroom is apparently a near record size. Approximately twice the size of Basketball (see eyeglasses on the top of it). According to my fungal guidebook, it's actually edible, though can cause stomach upset. So, is it really edible?



what a monster [8D]

A Monster Indeed!
An entire bucket family pack of Fried Chicken



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Well, quote]Originally posted by tu

Did it make you grow taller or shorter?
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Well, here's a clump of beauties from the slopes of mt elphinstone. Nope, they won't make you taller or smaller, but if you go ask Alice, (when you're ten feet tall) she'll probably tell you they are Armilaria which apparently make pretty good gravy, when their mycelia are not rotting the hell out of young forests roots.

Taken on a hike today ...


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So if it grows on a dead tree is it safe to graze?
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So if it grows on a dead tree is it safe to graze?
try that out on a conk, then see your dentist
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Yep, time for drying.


















Very strange mushroom.

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Great harvest Wally !!!
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Very strange mushroom.

what an amazing haul of mushrooms!

that last one, if it's not a chunk of wasp honeycomb, looks like a hexagonia. I've never seen one here, where did you find it?
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