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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Shrooms of October

Okay, you saw my first NJ fish.

Now it is time for my first NJ mushrooms.

We signed up for a mushroom foray for today at a local farm. What a pleasant surprise when we got there. Wonderful people, wonderful land. And a great “honor system” organic store where we bought some jam, tomato sauce, squash and onions. And, she had eggs and lettuce and…

But wait, before we go to the afternoon foray…

It was time to walk the dogs this morning. We walked toward Green Turtle Pond. The road is closed below our street for a while (what a pain), but that means no traffic for a while. As we walked in the “no car zone”, Lynne noticed a group of mushrooms growing on a tree a bit off the road.

Rick and Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I thought it was a Hen of the Woods and got pretty excited since that is a choice edible mushroom. But, after returning home and doing some research, it turned out to be a Chicken of the Woods—even better! Lynne went and took pictures. I went with a knife and brought it home.

Rick and Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

It was 2 pounds of choice mushroom! (Which I am sure will end up on Lynne’s blog too.)

Rick and Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Okay, this mushroom is going to get washed, cut into strips and frozen. It will be great in a risotto, soups, etc. Since it “tastes like chicken”, you can use it anywhere you would chicken.

Now, to the afternoon. Our goal was Honey Mushrooms. Yum. And, we found some. Since it has been so hot and dry, there weren’t a lot, but this is the only time of year you see them, and we found enough to make some pickled mushrooms to serve on toast.

Rick and Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

If we are here to post after eating them, we’ll let you know how they were wink

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Posted under: New JerseyMushroom Articles • by Rick on 10/06/2007 at 06:58 PM
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