Ventured out to get some exercise mushrooming last weekend. It’s been a pretty dry fall so far so I was interested to see what type of mushrooms would be out there. I’ve been trying to learn more about boletus edulis it is also known as the king bolete or in italy they call them porcinis although they may be slightly different. Regardless this is a very meaty mushroom not unlike the matsutake. The flesh inside is very firm and it is very full in flavour. Another mushroom that is great for risottos or my favourite just butter, lemon, soya sauce and garlic.
Anyways so I had my mind set on seeing some of these mushrooms and maybe learning about some others that I could start doing some research about. Reaching the forest honestly I felt a little bit disappointed, all the moss was quite dry. The sun was blazing and it was well above 20 degrees Celsius. At this point I figured it would just be a walk in the forest to get some exercise.
Luckily we started seeing some life:
Was not able to identify this mushroom but it looks like a cross between a portobello and a oyster mushroom. It looks entirely editable. However, I live by the rule to never eat anything that I can’t identify 100%.
We also found a ton of these white mushrooms, which is often the case around these parts however with the dry weather I figured most of them would be severely deteriorated. It’s true we found many that had lots of bugs inside or were quite dried out but there were some nice plump ones as well. I think they may be editable but I’ve heard that they aren’t very tasty. I often call these mushrooms fake matsutake because they look so similar. And they always get me excited because they look so similar and can hide under the moss in a similar manner.
You can always tell they aren’t the same because they smell completely different and their flesh is very brittle and break apart quite easily.
With these mushrooms I figured I might get lucky and see a matsutake but without the rain there were no matsutake to be found. Then I found this:
These all were identified as lobster mushrooms by me and after getting home I did a bunch more research on the topic and I’m almost 100% sure these are lobsters. Lobster mushrooms are a peculiar type of fungus that envelops another mushroom and takes it over. They call this the host mushroom. There was some controversy in the mushroom world about if they could be poisonous if the host were poisonous. As far as my research has found the fungus can only live on hosts that are not poisonous. But you’ll have to do your own research to confirm. These lobster look very much like the fake matsutake mushroom we saw earlier. So I’m assuming that that white mushroom is the host.
Anyways, the take away here is that these types of lobsters don’t mind the dry weather.
We wandered around some more:
Spotted some more unidentified mushys and called it a day and had some ramen to back in vancouver. Here are some of the other mushrooms we saw:
These guys looked very poisonous.