Chanterelle Hunting in North Carolina and Beyond

Editor’s Note: Well, it’s springtime here in North Carolina, and the black morels (Morchella angusticeps) should start appearing soon, followed by yellow morels (Morchella esculentoides, Morchella diminutiva, and Morchella virginiana). This means that groves of tulip poplar, ash, hickory, and American elm are pretty much the Read More

Anna's Mushroom Hunting Obsession Checklist: Are You A Fungus Fanatic?

Editor’s Note: There Is No Cure for My Mushroom Obsession. That’s Just How I Like It. The first time I went on a mushroom hunting expedition, I realized immediately that it was going to become a passion bordering on obsession for me. Read More

Misunderstanding Mycology: How to Explain Mushroom Hunting to Family and Friends

Editorial Note: Well folks, it’s been one heck of a week at my day job, which means I have had little time to dedicate to writing blogs. I am working on a series about chanterelle mushrooms that you can look Read More

Lumpin' and Splittin' Wild Mushrooms

There are lots of different species of wild mushrooms in this world: 10,000 or so by conservative estimates, and probably many more, and millions species of fungi overall (1.5+ million if you’re an optimist…because you know, we’ll eventually get to all Read More

Mushroom Identification Tips and Fungal Taxonomy

There are two kinds of folks in this world: people who think dualistically, and people who don’t. My Taoist-Catholic dad shared that goofy little bit of wisdom with me when I had all my mushroom identification books spread out on the Read More

The Lemon Yellow Lepiota – Leucocoprinus birnbaumii

Some mushroom species thrive in human-curated habitats, and the lemon-yellow lepiota, Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, is no exception. The lemon-yellow lepiota is one of those mushrooms that people constantly ask me to identify, because it is exceedingly common in flower pots and other planters in Read More

Morel Mushroom Recipes

Writing this post about my favorite morel mushroom recipes is bittersweet, because morels are delicious but I have not eaten any in an entire month! Morels are great edible mushrooms, true, but they are very expensive and try as I might, I never Read More

North Carolina Yellow Morel Mushrooms and Other Morels

Yellow morels (sometimes called blond morels) are among the most coveted wild mushrooms in the world, and their appearance each spring is a sight for sore eyes. Unlike most fungi that fruit in the summer and fall, yellow morels and other mushrooms 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