Eastern U.S. Black Morels – Morchella angusticeps

The 2015 morel mushroom season is fast approaching in the United States, and here in my home state of North Carolina, local mycophiles have started to post previous years’ pictures to local forums and excitedly speculate about when the black morel Read More

Hunting Morel Mushrooms – Morel Species, Habitats, and Features

Hunting for morel mushrooms is a springtime tradition in many parts of the United States and Canada, and few wild mushrooms inspire more avarice, secrecy, and excitement than the morel. If you’ve never eaten a morel mushroom, you simply don’t know what Read More

The Spring King Bolete, Boletus rex-veris

Quick Editorial Note Before I dive into this article about spring king boletes (Boletus rex-veris), I wanted to quickly note that the comments on this blog are working again. I had a few technical issues over the past couple weeks, Read More

The Many Faces of Porcini Mushrooms

Ahh, porcini mushrooms. How I do dote on thee. The name “porcini” applies to a cluster of mushroom species in the Boletus genus, and they are all edible and quite delicious. I have a penchant for adding porcini powder to almost anything Read More

Cooking Porcini Mushrooms – Tips and Tricks

One of the most distressing experiences in mycophagy (the practice of eating exotic mushrooms while being a word nerd who makes up silly names for routine matters like lunch) is trying a mushroom that everyone raves about and being disappointed or Read More

Lobster Mushrooms – Hypomyces Lactifluorum

The lobster mushroom, Latin name Hypomyces lactifluorum, is a delicious edible wild mushroom that fruits in the summer and fall in a wide array of habitats around North America. It has a signature fragrance and flavor that is very akin to seafood, and Read More

Elfin Saddle Mushrooms – Genus Helvella

NOTE: It has been brought to my attention that Helvella lacunosa probably does not occur in North America, and instead we have a number of black Elfin Saddle mushrooms that are genetically distinct from Helvella lacunosa. For further information about the genetic 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