Mushroom Foraging

I’m an avid home cook, so I first got started hunting for gourmet mushrooms, like porcini and morels. Over time, I started to appreciate and notice the beauty and amazing variation of mushrooms, besides their culinary aspects. They are seemingly everywhere, while hiding in plain sight. They are very ephemeral, they will fruit for just one week out of the whole year, before rotting away. They make the most boring rainy days fascinating. They make the most mundane forested hike an amazing discovery. I often go on 1/4 mile hikes, with probably more elevation gain from squatting looking at mushrooms. Every hike is treasure hunt and a unique adventure.

Tubaria vinicolor, a rare woodchip decomposer
Suillellus amygdalinus, a blue staining bolete
Morchella tridentina, a blonde mountain morel
Mycena sp. Often smells of bleach
Clitocybe nuda, a strikingly lavender edible common in forests
Hygrocybe acutoconica, a wonderful bright yellow in the usually dark forest
Amanita velosa, a delicious springtime California specific edible
Clathrus ruber, a bizarre, smelly, stinkhorn that opens up into a buckyball and uses flies to spread spores.