When on the coast of Oregon we like to go to a few of our favorite mushroom picking areas.
Onto narrow winding roads.. 11 miles looking for our favorite spot..
..we never find it.
A few of the dirt roads are not marked and we must have missed our turn.
So..Instead we go to plan B
and stop at a few areas that look promising.
Into the dark woods..
Golden-crowned kinglets are chattering all around us.
Too small and a bit old to pick…
A nice Cat mushroom
Mock Matsutake or Swollen-stalked Cat - Catathelasma ventricosa
I pick this edible..at the time I was not 100 percent sure and was hoping we would see someone who could confirm my ID. Luckily, later in the day we met a fella who recognized us as attending one of his mushroom walks four years ago.
He confirmed my ID and I took this home and cooked and dried it.
The head of this mushroom is the size of my open hand. The stipe is 10 inches long.
We drive out of the mountains with bags full of Chanterelles and huge smiles..
We decide to take one of our favorite walks in Cape Perpetua..through an old growth forest by the coast.
Giant Spruce dot the trail..
I didn't eat these dots..
We stop to take in the views..
Back to the campground to clean the shrooms..
Chanterelles, Hedgehogs and a huge Cat mushroom!
I sautéed Chanterelles with garlic and oil and froze several batches. I cooked and dehydrated the Cat mushroom and used the Hedgehogs in a scalloped potato dish.
More picking to follow!
I am in search of Porcini! Boletus Edulus!