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    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Hiking, skiing, gardening, canoeing, fishing, crabbing

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  1. In my opinion, the American Matsutake, Tricholoma magnivelare, is overrated. I usually find lots of them nearby and give most of them away to a Korean friend. Both my wife and I dislike the strong flavor and will only eat them in very small quantities to minimize their impact. I experimented with reducing the strength of the flavor, by drying or parboiling them, but nothing made them mild enough to eat in quantity. Adding a single thin slice to a plate is OK, but I prefer mushrooms that have an inherently good flavor. At least the aroma/flavor is very distinctive; and, once you have smelled one, you will never mistake a Matsutake for any other mushroom.
  2. The western species, Sparassis radicata, is relatively common, but not abundant where I live: southwestern Canada. It is very similar to S. crispa and has only recently been differentiated on the basis of genetics. I don't think that they have much flavor, but their texture is interesting; so I regularly check only a few spots where they have come up near some more interesting mushrooms in my GPS database. All of the ones that I've found have been at the base of either a pine tree or Douglas-Fir. Here's a couple of photos of the same spot in an area where I look for Hedgehogs. The first was found this year on Oct 26 and was just the right size to barely fit in my 6 liter picking pail. The knife handle is about 3.5 inches long. The second photo shows the same location on Nov 16, 2013, with my dirty, old day pack for scale. The larger of the two specimens was too old, but I harvested the upper one. This location didn't produce anything between 2013 and 2017, and I have never found a location that fruited in consecutive years.
  3. Hi Brendan. I still use the method I described in the original post every year to determine when to search different areas where I collect natural morels; and it works very well, at least where I live, out west. Dry weather will have an impact on the starting date, especially later in the season. Here in southwestern BC, west of the Cascade Mountains, rain is usually reliable, at least until the end of April. So early morel growth is largely determined by degree-days, but later populations may be delayed or shut down if rain doesn't arrive when it's needed. In eastern North America rain is less predictable; so the degree-day calculations will probably only provide the earliest starting date, which will have to be adjusted in accordance with the availability of soil moisture. Temperatures are also more variable in the east, and a late freeze could have an adverse affect on morel fruiting. It may be that degree-day calculations are not as useful in eastern North America, but I have seen reports of such methods being successfully applied in Michigan and Minnesota.
  4. Lily, Enoki is the cultivated version of the Velvet Foot mushroom, Flammulina velutipes.
  5. ID Help

    Both look like Russulas, but the reddish ones are difficult to identify to species. Some are somewhat poisonous.
  6. Lily, thanks for the link. I was unaware that morels are being successfully cultivated in China. It is interesting to note that the photos show what appears to be a type of Black Morel, but the article didn't identify the actual species. I am unaware of anyone using Zhu Douxi's methods in North America. Most of the morels available commercially around here are collected in burnt forest areas, which can be very productive in western North America. My own interest is in trying to cultivate morels that are associated with trees or shrubs by inoculating the roots of seedling plants. I've had no luck so far but will keep on trying; however, I doubt that I have 27 years left to achieve success.
  7. Cloud Mushroom

    Do you want to collect them in the wild? They are a very common polypore on dead hardwoods. If you want to buy some, they are available on line from Amazon and other sources. You should also be able to get extracts of Turkey Tail at many health food stores.
  8. armillaria cepistipes?

    Those look just like the Honey Mushrooms that I find in BC, although I haven't seen any yet this season. I guess that you've been getting more rain on the outer coast than we have farther east.
  9. Rain data

    That is what you should expect if the data is extrapolated from a few locations that have weather stations with measured precipitation. Extrapolation will work better when the rains are associated with widespread regions of precipitation, which is more likely to happen during the winter. Summer rains are usually from scattered thundershowers that provide extremely variable precipitation over small regions and are difficult to extrapolate accurately. It could probably be done if they used AI or complex algorithms to analyze weather radar data in conjunction with weather station precipitation data, but they obviously just use some sort of simple extrapolation based on the distance of each location from weather stations with known amounts of precipitation.
  10. ID Help

    Be sure to get photos of the gills and entire stem.
  11. What are these?

    They look like members of the Cortinarius genus, but I don't have a clue about the species.
  12. Question on boletus edulis

    If you can pick them at the white pore stage, they will be a lot firmer and less likely to be wormy. At the yellow pore stage they are only fit for drying, and they need to have the pores removed.
  13. Mushroom ID

    L. leucothites usually grows in grass. Were your mushrooms found in that habitat?
  14. Puffball question

    A cross section of an Amanita button will show an internal outline of the cap and stem, unlike the inside of a puffball, which is basically homogeneous.
  15. Short wide mushroom in TN

    By the way, Bcherry, you won't get a spore print by pressing gills on paper. You have to leave the mushroom, gills down, for several hours on top of the paper to allow a sufficient number of spores to be released to see the spore print.
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