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Shaggy Parasols -

WATCH ACCOMPANYING VIDEOS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL about cultivating, harvesting & preparing Shaggy Parasols: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvn-qeHny2A19X__TCsnf0LURNSSjre4G About five years ago, a strange new mushroom popped up in my gravel driveway. It was the shape of an egg, and all the squirrels in my yard went nuts over it. (So to speak.) They were nibbling holes in it, so I could see the inside. But on the outside it was soft, and feathery. The mushroom itself was white, but the tips of the features were brown. And where it was injured, it stained a maroon-ish red. I soon learned it was a...

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Blue Chanterelle, Club Mushroom, Coral Mushroom, polypores -

When we hunt, we are focused on specific things we know and want to harvest: Golden Chanterelles, Morels, Lions Mane, Chicken of the Woods, Hedgehogs, Lobsters, Oysters, etc. But part of the joy of mushroom hunting is also discovery of the unknown. When my son and I lead groups down into the Gifford Pinchot, during a typical foray we may see 60 or 70 different varieties of mushrooms, of all sizes, shapes, colors, etc. Our new hunt participants almost always stop at the first interesting mushroom they see, and exult: "What is it? It's beautiful! Can we eat it?" And...

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Yesterday a first-timer friend and I headed up to Tiger Mountain to hunt chanterelles (and whatever else might be out there). I was hopeful for a good catch, because we were hunting the exact same trail that my son Nathan and I hunted two weeks ago, when we pulled in a good haul of golden chanterelles, as well as some chicken of the woods and oysters. The one cloud on my horizon was the fact that it hasn't rained here in Western Washington for more than 20 consecutive days. For the Northwest, at this time of the year, that's not...

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chanterelles, Chicken of the Woods, Exercise, golden chanterelles, mushroom hunt, Oyster Mushrooms, Tiger Mountain -

In previous posts, we've talked about where to hunt, when to hunt, and how to prepare for your hunt. Now it's time to get down to brass tacks. What should you hunt for? The bottom line is, if you get out in the forests during the right time of year, you may very well see dozens of varieties of mushrooms. How do you know what to harvest, and what to merely photograph? When my son Nathan and I lead hunts, invariably, within the first mile, team members are quite excited to find some very fascinating-looking mushrooms. "That's so cool!" they...

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forest safety, hunting -

We've covered where to hunt and when to hunt ... now it's time to talk about preparing for how to hunt. My son Nathan and I have been leading groups into the forests for the past five years or so, teaching them how to hunt for wild mushrooms. As a result of this, and the experiences we've had, I've developed a fairly extensive checklist. Hunting in the forest can be dangerous. Here are some of the hazards, prioritized according to what I feel is the greatest ot the least risk: 1) Getting lost. It is so easy to get lost...

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