A mushroom picnic on the edge of the Mogollon Rim

Last weekend was one of the most enjoyable mushroom outings ever. Saturday morning I met up with my cousin John Kennedy, from Humboldt, and his adorable daughter Addie. We explored the Rim Road, FR 300, between Knoll Lake and Bear Canyon Lake.

My oyster mushroom log off FR 84 produced enough young oysters for a skillet-full. We also found quite a batch of Caesar’s amanitas along the road to Knoll Lake.

For lunch we stopped along the Rim Road and had sautéed wild mushrooms and onions with my cousin’s delicious home-canned beef stew, joking about how each of us was depending on the other’s skills to keep ourselves safe from poisoning.

I had John & Addie eat only a little of the Caesar’s amanitas until the following day, so they could be sure they’d agree with them. Since the delicious oysters from the same log upset no one’s tummies last week, we went ahead and lapped up every one of them while admiring God’s creation on the very edge of the Rim. The scenery and weather were spectacular.

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The next day I went over to the White Mountains near Greer. Someone had been to my two favorite porcini honey-holes before me, curse the luck!  However, a half dozen Agaricus arvensis, a tender young Sarcodon imbricatus, a few puffballs in good shape, and what looks like a handful of Russula xerampelina will partially make up for it. I am frying up a piece of Russula to test it out this evening.

About Christopher May

Chris is a radiologist in private practice in Scottsdale. He is married to Barbara May, with two grown children, Megan and Nick.
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