In this episode I talk about two of my favorite wild mushrooms to harvest.
Disclaimer: This show is for informational purposes only. You need to have at least three resources to harvest and eat wild mushrooms-a good mentor actually in the field with you being one of those resources. I’m not responsible for anything you ingest. WHEN IN DOUBT, TOSS IT OUT! Here is a link to safe hunting practices. Here is a link to a very good book regarding mushroom hunting.
Morels (link here and here) are a great mushroom for early spring. Can be found after a rain on the forest floor. Are very delicious dredged in cornmeal and fried. Beware of the lookalike FALSE MORELS!
Morel identification includes but is not limited to or positively indicated by: hollow stem and cap with no separation, found on the ground-NOT DEAD WOOD, bottom of cap is attached to stem.
Chanterelles (link here) are a great mushroom of late summer and early fall. They can be found after forest fires or other stressing events. These are delicious sauteed or as an additive to cooking oil. Beware of the lookalike JACK ‘O LANTERN!
Chanterelle identification includes but is not limited to or positively indicated by: dull gills that run down the stalk/stem and are forked and divided, a smell like apricots, a dull yellow (egg yolk) color, located on the ground-NOT DEAD WOOD! and it won’t GLOW IN THE DARK!
WHEN IN DOUBT, TOSS IT OUT!