Fire morels cap off the fine 2014 late season

Slide Fire Morels

The mushroom season in Arizona has lingered rather late in 2014, with persistent monsoon rains and relatively warm weather. Plenty of bragging photographs of good edibles are still being posted in our Facebook … Continue reading

Arizona Mushroom Club foray – September 2014

Another late-season foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club took place on Saturday, Sep. 13, on the Mogollon Rim near Willow Springs Lake. About 30 members and visitors showed up on fairly … Continue reading

Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

Lightning bolt over Pritzerbe, Germany

De tuberibus haec traduntur peculiariter: Cum fuerint imbres autumnales, ac tonitrua crebra, tune nasci, & maxime e tonitribus. [Pliny the Elder, Hist. Nat., Bk 19:37] (If the air is troubled … Continue reading

Looking back at the big storm, and ahead to season’s end

Hurricane Norbert is now history, and the rains it brought will likely usher in the final flush of the season.

Recap of the August 2014 Foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club

At last, I can report on the very pleasant and productive foray that the Arizona Mushroom Club held in the White Mountains on the weekend of Aug. 23-24, 2014.  I apologize for … Continue reading

The last word on eating raw mushrooms

Over on the Mushroom Identification Forum on Facebook, there is a lengthy and vehement flame war going on today about the safety and desirability of eating raw mushrooms. It is astonishing to read … Continue reading

This “Barrows’ bolete” may make you sick!

Last weekend in Hannagan Meadow we were hitting the Boletus rubriceps pretty hard, but hadn’t found any of my favorite B. barrowsii. I was delighted to spot a large, fat-stemmed white bolete, visible from fifty … Continue reading

Cauliflower Tales: Arizona’s unique Sparassis

Sparassis americana var. arizonica

The North American Mycological Association’s journal of amateur American mycology, McIlvainea, is a rich source of information for the intermediate and advanced mushroom enthusiast. It’s available online for free at the NAMA … Continue reading

Recap of the 2014 Telluride Mushroom Festival

If you ever wanted to spend four or five days completely immersed in the Kingdom of Fungi, there’s no place on earth like the Telluride Mushroom Festival in Colorado, held at … Continue reading