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Now is the best time for local mushroom hunting....[WA]
    #11338615 - 10/28/09 03:37 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Octpber 28th, 2009 - SnoValley Star

Put on your galoshes, gather up the kids and take a hike through Washington’s forests to find some of our greatest edible treasures.

Fungus is all around us and necessary to the planet, University of Washington mycology professor Steve Trudell said during his annual seminar at the Cedar River Watershed.“No fungi, no plants. No plants, no animals,” including humans, he said.

But if you know your mushrooms, you could be in for a delectable dinner, and for families, it can be a whole new way to see the state’s forests, he said.

“Most adults don’t know much about mushroom hunting, so it is something that gives the kids a chance to know just as much as the adults,” he said. “Whatever the intent of your hunting, for edible mushrooms or to explore different kinds, mushroom hunting is a fun family activity.”

Besides being lower to the ground and having plenty of curiosity, children are usually the best mushroom hunters.

Not many children were traipsing around the Cedar River Watershed with Trudell and watershed educators Oct. 10, but several area residents proved quite successful at finding plenty of types of mushrooms.

“We have a lot of mushrooms in our backyard, so it would be nice to identify them,” said Issaquah resident Amy O’Bryant.

Amy, and her husband Dan O’Bryant, collected several different types of species in their adventure and were hoping to see ones similar to those growing in their backyard.

“We really don’t know enough about them. That’s why we took the class,” he said, adding it would be nice to see if any in their backyard could be eaten.

While the watershed’s property is closed to the general population, with exception of the education center, the special class allows residents to hunt for and identify different species of mushrooms and fungi for educational purposes. Everything collected stayed at the watershed.

For Teresa Hale, a North Bend resident, it was all about the adventure.

“We own 10 acres,” she said. “I’m just curious about what we could find. We have four kids and we would love to take them out.”

Mushrooms grow on trees, in damp wet soils and among low ground cover.

To collect them, make sure you bring along a field guide, map, basket or an old fishing tackle box and a small garden shovel. Double check with nation and state forest service officials what restrictions there are on picking and taking mushrooms.

When you see a mushroom that looks like something to collect, clear the area around the base and dig in deep to keep it intact. It’s important to ensure you get as much of the mushroom as possible for identification purposes, Trudell said.

After collecting it, write it down as a number and include its generic characteristics and where it was found, like next to a Douglas fir tree, so you can identify it easier later with your field guide.

If you’re looking to hunt down morels, wait until spring and head to a location where a wildfire occurred this summer. They grow plentifully there after one, but you’ll have to battle professional mushroom hunters for a portion of the take.

Even if you’re not successful in hunting out edible fungi, there’s always plenty to learn from those you do take.

To help identify the ones you take home, make sure you make a spore print of the mushroom by elevating it over a cup of water with a paper towel. Discovering what color the spores are will help determine what kind of mushroom you’re looking at. After getting a spore print, use that to help you analyze other characteristics, like its hood shape and stem size, texture, smell and color. Use your field guide to help determine what type of mushroom it may be.

It is really important to identify your mushroom before eating it, as “many people react differently to many mushrooms, as with most types of food, so it is important to remember to not eat anything you can’t positively identify,” Trudell said.

Once, you’ve positively identified what fungi you have, take a small taste with your front teeth and taste on the tip of your tongue. If you start to feel nauseous, dizzy, feverish or tingly, spit out the mushroom. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

“Don’t assume you will always, or even often, be successful,” Trudell said. “Realize that it takes experience to be able to ID large numbers of species. Start with a few and progress from there.”

Mushrooms aren’t the only treasures in the forest, however, so keep an eye out for wildlife and unique plants.

While in an area near where the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks used to run through the watershed, Rob Rendelman, a North Bend resident, spotted an old railroad lamp made of brass and metal. The details of the railroad lantern had been washed off, but with a little cleaner, watershed officials were hoping it would add to their antique collection.


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Re: Now is the best time for local mushroom hunting....[WA] [Re: Twiztidsage]
    #11338619 - 10/28/09 03:37 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I have never heard of taking a spore print in that manner.


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Re: Now is the best time for local mushroom hunting....[WA] [Re: Twiztidsage]
    #11339022 - 10/28/09 04:31 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

yea thats a real weird way


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Re: Now is the best time for local mushroom hunting....[WA] [Re: Twiztidsage]
    #11339551 - 10/28/09 05:34 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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While in an area near where the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks used to run through the watershed, Rob Rendelman, a North Bend resident, spotted an old railroad lamp made of brass and metal. The details of the railroad lantern had been washed off, but with a little cleaner, watershed officials were hoping it would add to their antique collection.



totally unneeded and confusing


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Re: Now is the best time for local mushroom hunting....[WA] [Re: tempingasashaman]
    #11339793 - 10/28/09 06:09 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

“Most adults don’t know much about mushroom hunting, so it is something that gives the kids a chance to know just as much as the adults,” he said. “Whatever the intent of your hunting, for edible mushrooms or to explore different kinds, mushroom hunting is a fun family activity.”
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