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2010 Bay Area mushroom hunting report

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echinoderminator Jun 7, 2010 10:15 PM

Greetings to all - my first post here. I'm passionate about food and hunting for delicasies helps those morsels taste even better! The Bay Area chanterelle season usually goes from November through March.

This years Golden Chanterelle season was phenomenal....
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The Morel season is also very very good this year - the 4 - 5,000 ft area is over but 5 - 6,000 ft
is really good!
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Now I'm just waiting on the Spring Kings to come into force - they are late this year due to our precipitous and cold spring.

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    echinoderminator RE: echinoderminator Jun 7, 2010 10:20 PM

    I hope these photos can post!

     
     
     
     
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      happenstance RE: echinoderminator Jun 8, 2010 01:33 AM

      So cool. I have always wanted to learn to hunt mushrooms. Just look at the bounty!

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        fishhead RE: echinoderminator Jun 8, 2010 11:36 PM

        Is there a good mycology club on the Peninsula you can recommend?

        Thanks!

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          hfshaw RE: fishhead Jun 13, 2010 07:23 PM

          There's no mushroom club based on the Peninsula, but the Mycological Society of San Francisco (www.mssf.org) has members from all over the Bay area.

          This area is lucky to have three great mycology clubs. In addition to the MSSF, there's the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz (http://www.fungusfed.org/) and Sonoma County Mycological Association (http://www.somamushrooms.org/). As the original poster said, the main mushroom season in this area runs from November through March (the usual rainy season). The Sierra fruit morels and boletes after the snow melts in the spring, and summer boletes if there is good summer thunderstorm activity.

          Places in SF and the coast that see a lot of fog can get mushroom fruitings throughout the year if there is sufficient "fog drip".

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            fishhead RE: hfshaw Jun 18, 2010 11:11 PM

            Thank you!

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              echinoderminator RE: fishhead Jun 18, 2010 11:32 PM

              Let's not forget BAMS...
              http://www.bayareamushrooms.org/

              BTW - Larry Stickney passed away June 12th - he'll be missed by many shroomers.

              I first met him when I was 10 yrs old - I found some Agaricus californicus in my backyard in Alameda and my parents, having read a recent article in the SF examiner that featured Larry, brought me and my agaricus over to Larry's house in Oakland and he identified them for me.
              Years later I called Larry out of the blue and said "hey Larry, I hear Craterellus cornucopioides is fruiting in the Pacific Northwest - wanna join me for a road trip?" we found alot of mushrooms on that little trip.

              Rest in Peace Larry.

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        katjo RE: echinoderminator Jun 14, 2010 12:37 AM

        Can I ask if you have any recommendations on where to start looking for Morels in the area? I am a new transplant to Sonoma and every one looked at me like I had 3 heads when I started asking around.

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          echinoderminator RE: katjo Jun 17, 2010 09:45 AM

          Currently morels are fruiting above 6,500 ft elevation. Hwy's 4, 108, 120, 88, 50, etc. Look for areas that have been logged recently. Burn areas are famously good but the logged areas are great and widespread in our National Forests. Campgrounds are also good places to look. I think if I were to be targeting morels right now I would head up Hwy 4 or Hwy 108. To find the areas take the little roads that wander off into the boonies.

          Boletus rex-veris is what I have been targeting lately. Spring Kings!

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            echinoderminator RE: echinoderminator Jun 28, 2010 08:35 AM

            spring kings have arrived!

             
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          Nopa RE: echinoderminator Jun 28, 2010 10:12 AM

          Anyone care to disclose thier favorite location for bay area Matsutake? :-)

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            echinoderminator RE: Nopa Jun 28, 2010 02:19 PM

            The Berkeley Bowl or Monterey Market are two reliable sources - is that what you mean? I've never found matsutake growing in the Bay Area if that is what you mean.

            They begin fruiting in late September in the Pacific NW and continue fruiting in various locations into december generally.

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            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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              Nopa RE: echinoderminator Jun 28, 2010 03:16 PM

              No I meant growing wild. I know that they do grow here. I am 100% certain. I'm almost certain that their bay area location won't be disclosed, hence the smiley face.

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                Keesey RE: Nopa Jun 28, 2010 04:19 PM

                *crickets*

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                  echinoderminator RE: Nopa Jun 28, 2010 09:03 PM

                  closest areas I know are San Mateo County and just east of San Jose - I would imagine Mt Tam has potential. They like ericaceous plants.

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                    echinoderminator RE: echinoderminator Jun 28, 2010 10:17 PM

                    also east of Watsonville (manznita at edges of mixed forest), Sierra foothills, below 4000ft. (madrone), Sonoma Coast (tanoak), San Mateo (tanoak) - they must be on Mt Tam.

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              echinoderminator RE: echinoderminator Jul 5, 2010 10:47 AM

              Went up Saturday and loaded up on Spring Kings and Red Capped Butter Boletes - (Boletus regius)

               
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                Andrew H RE: echinoderminator Jul 9, 2010 08:27 PM

                I found some nice plump kings a little over 6000 ft amongst manzanita, pine and cedar. Some very tasty Calvatia Puffballs as well.

                I found an interesting recipe for puffball miso soup at

                http://tinyurl.com/ovgv46

                King season looks like it has more legs on it. Whats the latest you've found good specimens?

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                  wolfe RE: dariusdarius Jul 28, 2010 04:05 PM

                  Perhaps you would do better to join Mycological Society of San Francisco.
                  http://www.mssf.org/
                  http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscarto...

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                  Andrew H RE: echinoderminator Aug 23, 2010 11:42 AM

                  I found a lone porcini this past weekend on the coast. Very unusual but welcome anyway.

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