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  • in reply to: Mushrooms near San tan valley, AZ? #2601

    Christopher May
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    Hi Hal,

    There are very few mushrooms of any culinary or medicinal value that grow down in the lower elevations of the state like the San Tan Valley. A couple of species of interest are discussed in this post:

    Fall and Winter Mushrooming in Arizona

    For Reishi, and most other appealing types of fungi that you may want to collect for food or health, you’ll need to wait until the summer monsoon season arrives in about a month, and then hit the higher elevations of the state. I found many Ganoderma in the vicinity of Bear Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim last summer:

    Northern Arizona Scouting Report – Late July 2013

    The Arizona Mushroom Club organizes forays that might interest you, typically in August and September, and some years in late April or early May if there has been a cold wet winter and morels have appeared.

  • in reply to: Fall and winter mushrooming in Arizona #1844

    Christopher May
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    Here’s a page of Podaxis pistillaris recipes:

    http://www.khumbi.com

  • in reply to: An Introduction and a Few Questions #1842

    Christopher May
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    Thanks for checking in, Emerson. We’re glad you are here. I share your obsession and have only been into it for a couple of years myself.

    I think it will take off. It will always be an eccentric niche hobby and I don’t expect to get rich or famous from running this blog, but I hope that everyone in Arizona who likes to talk about these things will gravitate here. I expect things to be slow until morel season in the spring and then when the summer monsoons kick up again. There is also a Facebook forum connected to this page that you might like to join.

    I have no experience with cultivation. Temperature and humidity factors make mushroom growing challenging in Arizona, but Flagstaff is one of the best places you could possibly be.

    Have you looked at the information available from Fungi Perfecti? The owner, Paul Stamets, is the most famous fungal cultivation expert in the country.

  • in reply to: Fall and winter mushrooming in Arizona #1841

    Christopher May
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    There’s a lot of private land along the Verde. You can stay legal with the aid of some good maps at the Verde River Greenway site. These maps also show where trees are growing.

    Verde River cottonwoods in the fall

  • in reply to: Fall and winter mushrooming in Arizona #1838

    Christopher May
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    That’s more like it! Nice! I am going to have to go looking for oysters tomorrow or the next day.

  • in reply to: Fall and winter mushrooming in Arizona #1834

    Christopher May
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    That’s excellent Mike! Along the river bottoms, on cottonwoods, I presume? Post some pictures!

    I bet the flush is going to continue for a little longer, after the heavy rains we’ve just had. My cousin’s place in Cordes Junction got almost 4 inches in the last 3 days.

    I may try to come up for a quick outing later this week. Happy hunting.

  • in reply to: The “Cornell Hoot” #1634

    Christopher May
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    I propose “¡Olé!” in honor of our state’s Hispanic heritage. If you wish to brag about a particularly excellent find, why not two: “¡OléOlé!” When it’s time to muster at the assembly point, three in unison: “¡OléOléOlé!” And continuous Olé’s if you need assistance…

  • in reply to: How Mushrooms Can Save the World (Discover Magazine) #1581

    Christopher May
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    Not our bag around here. You probably would be happier at the Shroomery.

  • in reply to: How Mushrooms Can Save the World (Discover Magazine) #1953

    Christopher May
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    Paul, you may appreciate this recent follow-up article that deals with these issues in more detail and nuance: Radical Mycology

  • in reply to: Has anyone found Reishi in Arizona? #1736

    Christopher May
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    I found some nice ones on the Mogollon Rim near Bear Canyon Lake in late July and again in late August. See:

    Northern Arizona Scouting Report – Late July 2013

    I gave them to Tana Karen in Prescott, who is making a tincture with them. It’s going to be ready soon, she tells me. The photo she sent me last week is attached.

    Happy hunting! And Horace, thanks for chiming in too. We are just getting this site off the ground and it’s nice to have some contributors. I expect the discussion to heat up once morel season approaches.

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