Morel update May 2015 – Not bad, not great

Arizona mushroom hunters have seen all too many dry, warm winter and spring seasons come and go with no hint of morel fruitings. However, 2015 is not one of those … Continue reading

Unexpectedly good rainfall; will the fire morels pop?

The Flagstaff/Sedona area is waking up wetter than expected this morning, with up to 6 inches of snow on the higher mountain terrain, and rainfall in lower elevations amounting to over 2 inches in … 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

Foraying for winter oysters in Oak Creek Canyon tomorrow (18 Jan 2015)

Brian Marshall, who found oyster mushrooms in Flagstaff last month, sends us another interesting report from Oak Creek Canyon today: After spending a fantastic day of mountain biking in Sedona I spotted … Continue reading

Native American Use of Edible Mushrooms in the Southwest

Lycoperdon Perlatum

The Southwestern region of the United States is a landscape inherently shaped by the presence and practices of Native American groups, and has in turn shaped the cultures and traditions of … Continue reading

Even more December oysters, plus honeys, puffballs, and more

AMF reader Horace Sheffield sent in some pictures today from south of the Page Springs area in the Verde Valley, showing another big fruiting of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus or P. pulmonarius) … Continue reading

Finalists for the 2014 Photo of the Year contest – Please vote!

As promised, here are the photos I decided to put before you as finalist nominees for our picture of the year. The winner will be announced at the winter potluck … Continue reading

Warm December rains produce late oyster mushrooms

Brian Marshall just sent a report from Flagstaff, where this week’s warm, heavy rains have produced a rare December fruiting of oyster mushrooms.  He was mountain biking around 8200 feet … 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