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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Agaricus Silvicola—For Breakfast

There were fewer mushrooms at the cabin than we expected on Labor Day weekend. Still, Lynne found a patch of these beautiful agaricus silvicola.

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We chopped this one up and had it as a part of a bacon and cheese omelette on Sunday morning. For another photo, click “More…”

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Posted under: Cabin NewsMushroom Articles • by Rick on 09/07/2004 at 09:47 AM
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Sunday, August 29, 2004

Agaricus Amicosus Omelette

We had our second experience eating wild mushrooms found on the cabin property this weekend.

Lynne found a big beautiful agaricus amicosus on Friday afternoon. We were sure of the identification since we had one identified at the mushroom festival in Denver last weekend. So, on Saturday morning, we cooked up some bacon and crumbled it. Then, in a couple of teaspoons of the bacon grease we cooked the sliced mushroom. I then made a big omelette stuffed with bacon crumbles, the mushroom, and some cheese.

It was great! And, we are still here to talk about it!

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Posted under: Cabin NewsMushroom Articles • by Rick on 08/29/2004 at 08:57 PM
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Thursday, July 29, 2004

Mid-Summer Mushrooms

We had quite a few different kinds of mushroom growing on the land when we visited last weekend.

Follow this link to a web site where I’ve posted a few pictures and descriptions:

Mushrooms

And, here is the recipe we used to cook up the Angel Wings:

Recipe

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Posted under: Mushroom Articles • by Rick on 07/29/2004 at 10:08 AM
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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Gyromitra Gigas?

This weekend I found 6 large, rather ugly mushrooms growing in the bog around the beaver pond at the cabin. They were of the type Gyromitra. And, I suspect from their size and multichambered stem, that they were Gyromitra Gigas although, I suppose they could be Gyromitra Esculenta. It probably doesn’t matter since neither is edible!

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Since these mushrooms are in a class often called “false morels”, I’m wondering if their presence is any kind of indicator that I may still find morel mushrooms?

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Posted under: Mushroom Articles • by Rick on 06/01/2004 at 10:32 PM
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Monday, May 17, 2004

In Search of the Black Morel

From all the reading I’ve done, it seems like the cabin property would be a great place to find wild black morel mushrooms in the Spring. So, for the past two weekends I’ve searched likely places, but with no luck.

Of course, I have no idea what the likely places are since I’ve never found one!

The cabin is at about 8600 feet in altitude with hills and valleys surrounding it that are probably beween 8200 and 9000 feet. The woods are a mixture of aspen, pine and fir trees. The bottom of the valley where the Spring creek runs also has willows and other brush.

The snow is mostly melted, with a few large drifts on the Northerly sides of hills remaining. The pasque flowers are blooming. The aspens have just leafed out.

All of these things seems to be signs of the right location and time.

In many of the photos I’ve seen, the mushroom is next to a Fairy Slipper or Shooting Star (wild flower). These have not yet bloomed, so maybe it is still too early.

I plan to keep looking every weekend that I am up there. If anyone reading this has experience in finding black morels in the mountains, I’d love to hear from you!

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Posted under: Mushroom Articles • by Rick on 05/17/2004 at 02:11 PM
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