I had planned to take the dogs out for our usual Sunday in the woods, but it was a grim and rainy morning, so I decided to do leave the dogs at home and do an abbreviated trip.
I know a forest that often gives up hedgehog mushrooms so I stopped there first. I very quickly found more hedgehogs than I ever have before, and moreover found them in a variety of spots. Last year I only found these delicious mushrooms in one very localized spot. While I was gathering them, I also picked quite a number of lobster mushrooms, and a few chanterelles. I considered staying in this forest for the morning, given that I was finding a lot of mushrooms, but I wanted to have a look at another forest further north. By the way, on the road into this particular forest, I saw a number of wild turkeys entering the forest from the side of the road.
It poured all the way up to the next forest but stopped again as I arrived. This forest was full of coral fungi, really a fantastic amount of it. First I checked for chanterelles in the usual spots but didn’t find any. I did end up finding a few here and there. The surprise of the morning was that I started finding hedgehog mushrooms, quite a few of them, including a few very large ones. There were also a lot of boletes in the woods. I picked quite a number, mostly ornate stalked boletes, or Boletus ornatipes. I’ve read reports that these can be bitter but that hasn’t been my experience. The ones I’ve picked have been quite tasty.
The rain started again I walked back to the car and headed home. It poured and poured until I got to the outskirts of the city.
I’ve got the dehydrator set up and have some boletes, lobster mushrooms and hedgehogs drying. We’re going to eat the chanterelles and a pile of hedgehogs fresh and I have a nice bowl of hedgehogs for some friends. For tonight, I’m going to cook up some mushrooms with some shallots and garlic (courtesy of Salvelinas) and some Villager sausage and some Swiss Chard.