Choice Edible Mushrooms
Chris and I got out for a quick hike today before the meeting and at first it looked like the mushroom season was over for the year but then we I spotted a small chanterelle and hiding near it a huge one. I ate the big one for dinner and it was fantastic!
We also picked a few amanitas to identify at the meeting. Great Fun.
Cleaned the Helvellas, spun them in salad spinner to get all excess water out. Then browned some garlic in olive oil in frying in house, then dumped Helvellas in, and put them on a butane burner on table in the backyard, so any monomethylhydrazine (MMH) could out-gas/ de-nature, without me breathing any….Ate them a day later, was really surprised how flavorful and delicious they were. Tiny bit chewy, but no complaints!
On the way out we checked one more spot and found about two pounds of Black Trumpets making it a great day after all.
We decided to go to my house and cook them up and have a feast of them with wine, bread and cheese.
A great day indeed!
This is without a doubt my favorite mushroom. They can be found here in the South Bay area and all around the greater SF bay area.
Beware there are so toxic imitators and some that are edible but just not nearly as tasty. If in doubt don’t eat it but save them for me just in case.
Since these are among the first mushrooms to fruit after some rain it is late for them now. October is best in most years.
If you find some be sure to let me know where you found them. OK? Please!