The first edibles of the 2014 season are in (and they’re not morels…)

Coprinopsis atramentaria from the Verde Valley

This year’s morel season has been a bust for everyone, as far as we know here at the Arizona Mushroom Forum.  Over the past six weeks, I have searched everywhere– … Continue reading

Chlorophyllum Molybdites, The Green-Spored Parasol

At the excellent Mushroom Anna’s Adventures, there is an informative article on the Green-Spored Parasol (Chlorophyllum molybdites) that Arizona mushroom fanciers will want to read. This large, showy fruiting body is one … Continue reading

Chanterelles and their lookalikes in Arizona

Golden chanterelles from the White Mountains, August 2013.

The True Chanterelle, Cantharellus spp. One of the favorite targets of Arizona mushroom collectors is the chanterelle, known for its delicious flavor and distinctive fruity fragrance. These can occur in large … 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

The Leathers Edibility Test

Dr. Chet Leathers with a chanterelle

I have spoken several times about the edibility test advocated by Dr. Chester Leathers, who is the president of the Arizona Mushroom Club and an emeritus professor of mycology at … Continue reading

Whoops! Arizona Highways magazine declares A. muscaria edible; recalls press run

The venerable and justly famous magazine Arizona Highways provides its 350,000 subscribers some of the most beautiful nature photography, and most informative stories about traveling and adventuring in Arizona, that have ever … Continue reading

Recognizing Cortinarius, our most common enemy

Mushrooms of the genus Cortinarius are a common sight on any foray in the Arizona monsoon season.  Many of them are toxic, and very few are edible.  The genus is … Continue reading