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

How you can help the ICOM8 mycology conference in Flagstaff

A few months ago, I posted news of the 8th International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM8) taking place at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff next month. The official program for the meeting has … 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

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

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

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

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

Hail Caesar, and long live the King!

Boletus barrowsii

The king boletes have taken their time before appearing this year, despite good rainfall in July and occasional rains in the first ten days of August.  It may be that the very … Continue reading

Mushrooms by the Truckload

Don’t know how I missed this story about the great 2013 mushroom season in Flagstaff. There is a long list of things the rains brought this year. High on it … Continue reading

Trees of Arizona Field Guide

Trees of Arizona Field Guide

Practically every fungal species of culinary interest is either mycorrhizal (growing underground in symbiosis with the roots of living trees) or saprotrophic (feeding off dead wood or other decaying plant matter.)  Beginning mushroom … Continue reading

The August 2013 Foray of the Arizona Mushroom Club

Last weekend, Aug 17-18, the Arizona Mushroom Club had its first foray of the season in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Turnout was excellent, with nearly 60 people and … Continue reading