The Newfs jumped into the car and we drove up to the Enchanted Mushroom Forest this morning. After a dry summer with few mushrooms, the forests have been generous in recent weeks.
The particular forest we headed for is an easy drive from the city, and produces reliably when we’ve had plenty of rain. There are a couple specific spots that fruit both varieties of hedgehog mushrooms, Hydnum repandum and Hydnum umbilicatum. They both have teeth, rather than gills or pores under the cap. Today I found a few Hydnum umbilicatum, so named because the top of the cap appears to sport a belly-button shaped dimple. In this forest the umbilicatum also have a more orangy-tan colour on top of the cap, compared to the repandum.
I also found quite a few Hypomyces lactifluorum – lobster mushrooms. Both these mushrooms are excellent edibles.
There were plenty of other mushrooms around. I saw some Amanitas and some others I could not identify. There were also lots of that weird fungi, Entoloma abortivum, known commonly as abortive entoloma. I didn’t see their usual companion though, the honey mushroom.