Thursday, October 15, 2009

Foraging for Mushrooms in Maine Woods

A while back our friend Lance stopped by to visit. He and Maine Man took a ride out back on 4- wheelers. Knowing he had previous experience in foraging I asked him to be on the look out for edible mushrooms.
Unfortunately, he did not recognize any on our land that were edible. A few weeks later he stopped by with some morels he had gathered on his own foraging adventures. I was so excited well........I took pictures and asked lots of questions!

Above is a Chicken of the Woods he says they are found on dead Oak trees.
Here is a link I found about them with lots of good information,recipes, and facts


Pine mushrooms aka Matsutake - He says they are found in hemlocks. Here is another great web site with information about them.
Last mushroom he shared with us is called a Goats Beard aka Bears Tooth often found on beech trees . Here is some additional information about them.


This last photograph was taken at the Common Ground Fair last month. This was a display at an Asian food vendors fried Shiitake stand. I was thinking it would be fun to try a inoculate some trees and grow these in our back yard.
I will end this post with three referenced sites for your viewing if desired and for easy access for Maine Man and I in the future if and when we ever get a chance to make these dreams reality.
Here is a newspaper article of a Mainer that has written a book about foraging along with a link to his website. Finally a you tube video on inoculating.

8 comments:

Pink Camo Gal said...

Wow, the fist, Chicken of the Woods, is amazing! Now when I am out trecking in the woods I am going to be looking for something like it, I will be keeping my eyes on the mushrooms a bit more after seeing all the different/interesting types!

fullfreezer said...

I;ve heard of the Chicken of the Woods but have never seen it in person. I LOVE mushrooms but are generally too cautious to try anything but morels.
Judy

warren said...

We inoculated a bunch of logs with shiitakes and they are fruiting like mad right now. It's so simple and they are awesome...you should def do it! I'll post pics of my harvest tomorrow if you care...

goatpod2 said...

Yummy! Someone came looking for morels on our property a couple of times but with no luck though! We went to a mushroom workshop, there were actually different workshops you could go to and we learned all about the Shitake mushrooms.

Amy

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YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

I love mushrooms, store bought mushrooms.

RazorFamilyFarms.com said...

That is so cool! I have always wanted to go mushroom hunting for something other than morels but have been too frightened. I wish I had such a knowledgeable friend!!

Excellent post and congratulations on your new pressure canner!

Lacy

Kelly or Alex said...

What great mushrooms. I will have to keep an eye out next time we go up in the woods. I would love to see the big goats beard. Congrats on the canner. It does make thing easier.
Kelly

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