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

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

A Chinese mushroom adventure at the Illinois Mycological Society

Phallus indusiatus

The Illinois Mycological Society recently had a “Chinese Mushroom Banquet and Indoor Apothecary Foray” that was a sold-out success.  Such a success, in fact, that they’ll be doing it again this weekend. … Continue reading

Edibility of Amanita muscaria: follow-up to the Arizona Highways fiasco

Tana Karen and Amanita muscaria

Everyone who has spent even one late-summer day foraging for mushrooms in the mountains of Arizona is likely to have seen the beautiful and distinctive fly agaric, Amanita muscaria, in … 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