Late July 2015: High season, and the recovery of the Wallow Fire

  This update comes rather later than I had hoped, but it’s now clear that high season for our summer mushrooms is well under way. Since our previous report in early … Continue reading

Early July 2015: Porcini, oysters, cauliflower, even chanterelles

It’s ON! Last week, we took a look at the precipitation that fell in spring and early summer, as well as the forecast for further monsoon rains, and predicted an … Continue reading

Late-fall Ink Caps found in Sierra Vista

Ink cap - Coprinopsis atramentaria

Eddie Bolero sent these pictures of Ink Caps (Coprinopsis atramentaria) or a closely related Coprinopsis that he found growing on the remains of a decaying stump in the Sierra Vista area.  He reports … Continue reading

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

Suspected Destroying Angel found in central Arizona

White Amanita - possibly Destroying Angel

AMF reader Terry Stone discovered this white Amanita in Central Arizona recently. Britt Bunyard of FUNGI magazine thinks it may be A. bisporigera, the infamous Destroying Angel, or a closely related … Continue reading

Late July 2014: Scouting the White Mountains and Mogollon Rim

Amanita muscaria

The week following the successful foray on Mt. Lemmon, it was time to return to the White Mountains and see if the three or four inches of rain received in the … Continue reading

First aspen bolete of the year found in Flagstaff

Leccinum insigne found near Flagstaff July 2014

Terry Stone sent a photograph of a solitary aspen bolete (Leccinum insigne complex) he found this week in Flagstaff.  This is the first good edible bolete that we know of for the 2014 season. … Continue reading