The 2013 season is under way and started with a bang! My wife and I took a trip to the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains on Saturday, August 3rd. A walk in the dripping-wet woods by Bear Canyon Lake yielded half a basket of oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus ostreatus, from a large dead Douglas fir.
We then drove on to the White Mountains between Pinetop and Greer. An hour’s walk north of Sunrise ski area happily offered up a half dozen king boletes, a.k.a. porcini or Boletus edulis, in good condition. There were another dozen that were even bigger, but thoroughly bug-infested and rotten and waterlogged. A pity. But any day you find B. edulis in edible quantities and condition is a beautiful day indeed!
We also saw various other mushrooms of less culinary appeal, including Gomphus (false chanterelle), Suillus (the slippery jack), Amanita muscaria (the red and white toadstool familiar to everyone), a yellow coral fungus, and a Cortinarius with its intact cortina still sticky. All of these were either bug-infested, inedible, unknown, or toxic. Therefore, they were left in the field.