Fungus Amongus: Mushroom Fest
Usually around the last week in July or the first week in August I head up north to visit Mom and SD in Maine traditionally that was the time they took their annual two week vacation but now they live there year round so I can go up and see the lake at different times. This week was the week between summer camp ending at Create a Cook and the new fall classes beginning so I took a few days to drive up and visit.
I left in the pouring rain on Wednesday and it followed me up the whole ride making a few stops along the way to pick up things to cook for dinner (Lancashire Hot pot and pork chops in a mustard cream sauce) Wed and Thur. First stop was to stock up the scotch selecton for those chilly fall nights. This is one of the ones I picked up.
There was also a quick stop for a season ending batch of GF fried clams as a treat so I arrived too late to check the woods, but a quick glance on either side of the camp road in told me the mushrooms were everywhere.
Thursday Mom and I were headed to Bath, Brunswick with some stops at a few farmer's markets on the way back but first First we headed down the north end of the camp road and holy mother lode of shrooms!
Now I only pick the two that I know well, chanterelle and lobster. But I did take photos of some of the others so I could do some research in my mushroom books. If anyone has an insight into any of these I would love to hear. Of course I don't need to give a disclaimer about not eating wild mushrooms unless you are 100% certain about their identification do I? No? Good.
Here are some of the fungus amongus all from the iphone I'm afraid so the quality is not the best.
Someone suggested stinkhorn, but I think they might be tuning fork fungus
Some sort of boletus. Knife for scale and the front shot.
and the underside showing the spongy layer instead of gills and a big old slug snacking away. Could it be boletus edulis? Only in my wildest dreams.
I do not think the cup shaped fungus on the left is poisonous, but whether it is edible or choice edible I'm not yet sure.
The only kind of 'lobster' I seek out in Maine. Technically this is not a mushroom but rather a parasitic asomycete that grows off another mushroom. Delicious and about $15 a pound right now at Russo's.
A better angle of those cup shaped mushrooms.
Surely this MUST be poisonous. Very Alice in Wonderland.
Another snacked on boletus. When you do find mushrooms it's often a battle between you, the worms, the bugs and the slugs to eat it.
Any input on the mushrooms would be appreciated. Right, off to check my books.