Fly Agaric (Amanita Muscaria) Mushrooms – A Cautionary Tale

Let me tell you a little story about a woman who accidentally went on an Amanita muscaria trip; I interviewed her in 2011 at the Sonoma County Mycological Association’s annual retreat near Occidental, California, and she told me straight off that “I’m Read More

Old Man of the Woods Mushroom, Strobilomyces Floccopus

One of North America’s most unusual edible wild mushrooms is called Strobilomyces floccopus, which is a dark, scurfy fungus that is gray-white with tufts of black hair on the cap and a fine layer of dark fur on the mushroom’s Read More

Spongiforma Squarepantsii, The Spongebob Mushroom

During the spring of 2011, three mushroom experts published their findings about a very unusual species of fungus from the rainforest of Borneo. The tropical mushroom forms a brilliant orange, resilient fruiting body that bounces back when you squish it. Read More

The Dictyophora Indusiata Mushroom Debate – A Natural Aphrodisiac?

There will be some mycophiles who might read this blog and rightfully shake their heads in disgust. The controversy that surrounds the species Dictyophora indusiata (which is a sort of stink horn mushroom) is a little ludicrous, to be sure, Read More

Hedgehog Mushrooms: A Novice Mushroom Hunter's BFF

Hedgehog mushrooms come in several varieties, but from my point of view they’re all lovely. Without question, Hedgehogs are amongst my favorite edible mushrooms. What they lack in distinct flavor they more than make up for in texture; robust and Read More

Getting Lost While Mushroom Hunting

It’s very embarrassing to get lost in the woods while you are mushroom hunting with friends, especially if you are all reasonably invested in wildcraft. Of course, it can also be a catastrophe — a friend of mine once spent Read More