I’m cautiously learning my edible and poisonous mushrooms at the moment.
The first mushrooms I ever picked and ate from the wild were puffballs. Those are really hard to miss and with a few precautions (cut every one in half to make sure they aren’t baby Amanitas or something horrid – also make sure they’re white inside) they’re a safe, if sometimes rather bland, wild edible.
Then I read this book:
Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
…and caught the mushroom bug.
It also helps that this is mushroom season and there are wild Florida mushrooms ripe for the foraging. The cooling weather and the rain have made our fungal friends appear everywhere.
The other day I decided to take a stroll around the block. On the way home I wandered through an empty 3-acre lot with a few trees and a lot of weeds… and I found these:
My 6 year old granddaughter and I found a handful of chanterelles today. Now we will have to be on the lookout for Lactarius indigo!
How wonderful! Have you eaten them before?
I went back again this afternoon and found some more. The next couple of days are supposed to be rainy… I'm hoping for a bumper crop next week.
We have had them twice before. Once last fall and once a week ago. Hopefully there will be more after the rain today. There were a few tiny pinheads yesterday, so we will see!
Hey David! Had no idea you were into mushrooms too. I had a fantastic forage today finding lots of chants and trumpets as well as a few nice puffballs. I actually found a massive network of indigos in a wooded area of my yard last year. Can’t wait to see them popping again. Cheers!
That is a great find.
We are in the midst of buying a new homestead right now. I was on the new property a couple of days ago and was quite pleased to see a big selection of chanterelles growing under some trees in the lawn. All ready for us!