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  1. In the PNW, Reishi's are best to harvest around July-August. By September/October, they're usually rotted or infested with bugs. As for the Chaga's, I believe the season is just starting now as the overnight temperatures dip to below 40F. Not much luck around here, but I heard it's abundant in the upper east coast.
  2. White Chanterelles are just popping up in my area. In this particular spot, there hasn't been any rain over the last several months, the forest floor was absolutely dry, yet, they still pop up. I've seen some of these grow as big as 10 inches across when left unpicked.
  3. That is NOT Chanterelle for sure. You might wanna give little more details...where you got it, on a tree or ground. Don't eat it until someone can give you an ID.
  4. I hope so. I went to an Asian market place the other day, and saw some really young Matsutake mushrooms from Oregon selling at very high price. At least it's a sign that there are some Matsutake's popping up down south.
  5. Once again, I took a short hike up the middle cascades this morning and found these two. Also found a very first Bolete/jack. This looks like an orange aspen.
  6. Went out last weekend and found one white and one yellow Chanterelle at about 3k ft - where I usually find loads of 'em.
  7. Thanks guys for your thoughts. As mentioned already, last year was the worst for me, too. Never seen such condition in the last 20+ years of wandering in the woods. It rained last night, and looks like for the next few weeks as well. Hopefully we'll see some pop up at least some Chanterelle's.
  8. Just wondering if anyone had seen anything pop up in the PNW area. Especially Cascades. I've gone out a few times and seen nothing yet. Any guesses on what the Chanterelle and pine mushroom outcome might be this year? We had such a dry summer and haven't seen rain much - not sure what to expect. Thanks.
  9. Thanks for the confirmation. I was quite sure the two are same mushrooms but maybe not. I remember digging one up last year that was just about to open up its cap (between the above two stages), and seeing the root, I thought it was Destroying Angel. The smell was something like a pesticide (if you ever took a whiff of pesticide, you know what I mean) or a musky mold.
  10. Thanks for that link. It does look very similar. So, you don't think this cap is bald? Do Destroying Angels stay bald and white even at very old stage?
  11. Came across these very white (whiter than pictures show actually) what seems to me like poisonous Amanitas. I've seen these from different locations on different days and would like to know exactly what they are. Destroying Angels? didn't dig them up to see the volva up close though. Pictures of very young stage and fully matured. What do you guys think?
  12. Agree with squeezing out the water. In my experience, cooking before freezing is a must for especially oysters. I usually tear them lengthwise and air dry.
  13. Even with recent rainfall, forest floors are quite dry. I've been out to Snoqualmie region - several spots between I-90 and highway 2, and have not seen much. Absolutely nothing from the grounds in most cases. I've seen some bearded tooth mushrooms in the Rainier area, but overall, this season looks disappointing so far. I did see pine mushrooms being sold in asian markets starting 2 weeks back. I'm wondering if they were from Oregon. Anyone else?
  14. Thank you, dave. I went back to the area and there were more of the same kind. I'm seeing bunch of mushrooms I've never seen before this year, including the destroying angels.
  15. Ah, I see. I looked up what you guys suggested, and it's very similar to leccinum aurantiacum. Also got to read some articles regarding leccinum poisoning cases. I'll stay away from eating them. Again, thank you.
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