The Shaggy Stalked Bolete, Heimioporus Betula

Editor’s Note: Although I love to focus on great edible mushrooms on this blog, for some time I have been planning to delve more into the aesthetically pleasing mushrooms that, for one reason or another, are not often to be Read More

Damien Pack on Mushroom Cultivation

Editor’s Note: I’ve been really enjoying digging through the audio archives of the radio documentary I did about mushroom people in 2011, Crazy About Mushrooms, and I wanted to present another story that I got from one of my most intriguing interviewees, a mushroom Read More

Becoming Friends With Mushrooms – An Interview With Ryane Snow

Editor’s Note: Dr. Ryane Snow was one of the coolest mycophiles I’ve ever had the opportunity to meet. He was a radiant soul whose presence was made up of equal parts warmth and intuitive intellect. I want to share a Read More

Pleurotus Dryinus, the Veiled Oyster Mushroom

Editor’s Note: In my effort to catalog some of our more common North Carolina and eastern U.S. mushrooms, I have done little to touch on the varied species in the genus Pleurotus, which are generally called “oyster mushrooms.” Oyster mushrooms are one Read More

Amanita Jacksonii, the Eastern Caesar's Amanita

Editor’s Note: Correction: In the first publication of this blog, I mistakenly used a photograph of Amanita frostiana by Eric Smith and attributed it to a different Mushroom Observer user; I sincerely apologize for this error and have added the photo I Read More

Mushrooms Are Sexy Part II – Fungi Are Everywhere!

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series about the history of mycology and the basics of fungal reproduction. If you’re interested in learning more about how sexy mushrooms can be, take a look at the last post. Read More

Mushrooms Are Sexy Part I – A Spore to Shroom View of Fungal Bio

Editor’s Note: Well, I’ve managed to go more than a week without posting to this blog, and the reason is simple but a little reprehensible; you see, it’s officially chanterelle mushroom season in North Carolina, and all the time I Read More

Quetzalcoatl and His Mushrooms – Mushrooms in Mesoamerica

Editor’s Note: As promised, here is an article that explores mushroom use in classical Mesoamerican cultures; it is not exhaustive, because it largely revolves around how the Aztecs used mushrooms in religious practice and for divination. This article will focus a Read More

Edible Mushrooms in the NC Triangle – Good Spots to Hunt

Editor’s Note: Edible mushrooms are abundant in the North Carolina Piedmont, and it’s about time to get out in the woods in earnest in celebration of the oncoming season! The chanterelles have arrived (albeit in small numbers and most of Read More

Mycophiles – A Worldwide Confederacy of Awesome

Editor’s Note: This post is the latest article in an ongoing series I am writing about the history of mycophiles (mushroom-lovers) around the globe. Although not as targeted as my past posts on the Red Lady of el Miron, the Read More