ICOM8 mycological conference taking place this year in Flagstaff

A mycorrhiza is the name for a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and the roots of a vascular plant. Many of our favorite edible mushrooms, such as the boletes and chanterelles, … Continue reading

The morels are here, along with some other spring edibles

As we’ve discussed before, the off-season mushroom hunting in Arizona is hit or miss, and more miss than hit most winters. But there has been a decent amount of moisture in … Continue reading

NAU Bark Beetle Researcher Fights Back With Fungus

  Here’s a story that should be of considerable local interest. All of us who spend time in the woods of Arizona’s high country have seen the devastation wrought by bark … Continue reading

Scouting the White Mountains, 12 July 2014

Storm approaching Greens Peak

After a warm, dry winter and a disappointing spring morel season, the sight of dark thunderheads rising over the White Mountains put joy in my heart as I set out on my first … Continue reading

“Fun with Fungi” lecture in Phoenix well attended

Amy Eichsteadt

Last night at the Arizona Herb Association meeting in Phoenix, the Arizona Mushroom Club’s Amy Eichsteadt gave an hour-long presentation about fungi that was very well-attended and well-received. She started … Continue reading

Fall and winter mushrooming in Arizona

The epic 2013 monsoon season has come to a close, and the cold and snow are settling on our favorite hunting grounds in the high country. And so the Arizona … Continue reading

Trees of Arizona Field Guide

Trees of Arizona Field Guide

Practically every fungal species of culinary interest is either mycorrhizal (growing underground in symbiosis with the roots of living trees) or saprotrophic (feeding off dead wood or other decaying plant matter.)  Beginning mushroom … Continue reading

Recording your finds at the Mushroom Observer

Time for a little science!  There is a great database on the Internet called the Mushroom Observer.  It’s like a supercharged, shared logbook that allows you to record every detail … Continue reading

Where and when do you look for mushrooms in Arizona?

summer monsoon rains in arizona

Arizona, like California, benefits from large variations in terrain elevation that allow one to explore very different biomes with only a short drive.  Those whose perception of the state has been shaped … Continue reading