Feasting and foraging with the Coppa Café

Coppa Chef Brian Konefal

By Mike Dechter In late August of 2013, the Coppa Café in Flagstaff advertised a special “forager’s feast”. The restaurant is a favorite for my Francophile wife, and I was … Continue reading

The old question: Cut vs. pick?

Morels on the San Juan fire

With the great October fire morel flush of 2014 in progress, and the Arizona Mushroom Club about to go on foray in a day or two, the question arises anew: … Continue reading

A “Virtual Foray” for fire morels

Morels on the San Juan fire

I’ve just returned from the San Juan burn in the White Mountains, where a large fruiting of fire morels is under way. We collected enormous quantities, but left much larger stashes of … Continue reading

Fire morels cap off the fine 2014 late season

Slide Fire Morels

The mushroom season in Arizona has lingered rather late in 2014, with persistent monsoon rains and relatively warm weather. Plenty of bragging photographs of good edibles are still being posted in our Facebook … Continue reading

Arizona Mushroom Club foray – September 2014

Another late-season foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club took place on Saturday, Sep. 13, on the Mogollon Rim near Willow Springs Lake. About 30 members and visitors showed up on fairly … Continue reading

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

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

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