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any mushroom hunters out there?

mchan02 Sep 22, 2006 06:24 PM

i want to go pick some wild mushrooms this fall. has anyone been mushrooming in the area? any tips or particularly good places to go? any recommended books? i borrowed this one from a friend and it seems quite helpful:

anyone know where i can find giant puffball mushrooms?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: mchan02 Sep 22, 2006 06:52 PM

    The Mycological Society of San Francisco is a good resource.


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      SteveT RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 24, 2006 05:23 AM

      They are the ONLY source. Finding mushrooms is easy...knowing the poisonous ones in a given region is the hard part. There are AT LEAST a half dozen people each year who come from somewhere else, hunt mushrooms, and end up with transplanted livers, or pushing up daisies.

      Certain mushrooms are no-brainers, but others have poisonous cousins that apparently (since I've never hunted elsewhere) look alike.

      Arora has written the authoritative books, small you have, large referred to below. But would you trust your life, quite literally, to a book? The Mycological Society runs hunting weekends, lectures, etc.

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      foodrocksmysocksoff RE: mchan02 Sep 22, 2006 06:55 PM

      yes! lets good when it starts getting rainy =)

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        Sam B RE: mchan02 Sep 22, 2006 11:03 PM

        "Mushrooms Demystified" by the same author is pretty much the bible on the subject.

        There are quite a few edible varieties in the Bay Area - we pick loads of Chantrelles most years, and have also had success with Oysters, Bluetts, and Boletus. The recommendation to get involved with the Mycological Society is very good advice indeed - it seems that each fall I read about someone dying from eating wild mushrooms.

        Also, few mushroom hunters will be willing to share their secrets.

        Good Luck!

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          susancinsf RE: Sam B Sep 25, 2006 06:16 AM

          Some friends of mine are active in the Mycological society, and I agree they are a great resource, and to clarify, would add that, while some mushroom hunters might not want to share their 'secret' spots to look, the ones I know are very happy to share their knowledge about which mushrooms are safe to eat...(and I've had some great chantrelles at their home).

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            Melanie Wong RE: susancinsf Sep 25, 2006 07:49 AM

            Here's an old thread on the annual Fungus Fair.

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            PateBriseej RE: Sam B Nov 8, 2006 09:38 PM

            "Mushrooms Demystified" The book sounds great! I'm going to see if the library has it then sign up for a local class in the Spring.


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            Bigos RE: mchan02 Sep 25, 2006 05:09 PM

            Mushroom hunting used to be my passion growing up and I have fairly good knowledge on the subject. However, I would caution people who, like me, are experienced in picking mushrooms in different parts of the world. Same species perfectly digestible in, say, Black Forest may cause problems when picked around Orinda. Not to mention annual deadly ritual of picking Ammanitas by South-East Asians confusing them with similiar looking edible kind back home.

            I remember fondly some trips to Mendocino coast, combining steelhead fishing with mushroom hunting. Alas, my fear of ticks redirected me to the mushroom isle in Berkeley Bowl...

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              PateBriseej RE: Bigos Nov 8, 2006 09:41 PM

              Wow you caught a Steelhead! Do you flyfish?


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              digitalczech RE: mchan02 Jan 10, 2012 05:13 PM

              Yup. I grew up mushroom hunting as a kid (I'm Czech).

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                hyperbowler RE: mchan02 Jan 11, 2012 07:42 AM

                They're sold out at the moment, but Foragesf offers mushroom walks every few months. I did one last year that focused on yellow foot chanterelle, black trumpets, hedgehog, and candy cap. We had a large enough bounty that it was worth the admission price but YMMV. Later in the year, a porcini walk is offered: http://foragesf.com/wild-food-walks/#...

                1. jason carey RE: mchan02 Jan 11, 2012 08:40 AM

                  No one will ever tell you good picking places. Its hilarious you even try to find out. I guess you are not aware of the unwritten rules of foraging secrets.

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                  1. re: jason carey
                    pane RE: jason carey Jan 11, 2012 01:34 PM

                    This question was posted in 2006. Perhaps, 6 years later, she's got foraging secrets of her own!

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