Morels, boletes, oysters, and David Arora. In June. Am I dreaming?

June is the driest month in Arizona, and one would typically not even consider going out on a foray for edible mushrooms at this time of year. However, thanks to Hurricane … Continue reading

Looks like a VERY early start to the 2015 monsoon season

The unusually wet late-spring weather pattern of 2015 continues, as the remnants of Hurricane Andres are winding down with a few final showers in the northern and eastern parts of the state … Continue reading

Memorable year continues with June morels

This spring’s morel finds on the Slide fire seem to have tapered off. Temperatures in the approximately 7000-foot terrain in this burn are likely now too high to sustain any further growth. Anna Kawski … Continue reading

David Arora’s perspective on morels and good luck

The morel fruitings we had this spring in the Arizona mountains, while quite welcome and more productive than in many prior years, were not nearly as extensive as those we saw … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

San Juan and Slide fire closures

San Juan fire jack pines

Last weekend I had the chance to drive out FR 117 and FR 61, past Greens Peak in the vicinity of Pancho Spring, and see the damage wrought by the … Continue reading

San Juan fire is burning prime mushroom habitat

San Juan fire burning near Pinetop

The human-caused San Juan Fire that flared up Thursday is burning some of our favorite hunting grounds on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. It started on the Apache reservation near Boundary … Continue reading