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

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

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

Boletus rubriceps, a new species of porcini from the southwestern USA

It has been a long time coming, but a paper by David Arora and Jonathan Frank that was published yesterday in North American Fungi makes the case that the red-capped … Continue reading

Mid-August update 2014: Mushrooms all over

Shrimp & Lobster in Flagstaff

Looking like a pretty good season so far, not as good as 2013, but not bad.  Photos from readers are coming in almost faster than I can keep up with. We’re … 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

Late July 2014: Scouting the White Mountains and Mogollon Rim

Amanita muscaria

The week following the successful foray on Mt. Lemmon, it was time to return to the White Mountains and see if the three or four inches of rain received in the … Continue reading

Caçadors de Bolets: A prime-time TV hit in Spain

Rovello - Lactarius deliciosus

In America, prime time TV means we watch such uplifting fare as the Kardashians, the Bachelor, and “Extra”.  In Barcelona, they watch “Caçadors de Bolets” (“Mushroom Hunters”).  Sigh…. Over 600,000 … Continue reading