Foraging edible mushrooms in the forests of the Oregon coast led us to this striking King Bolete. A popular edible for mushroom foragers. Each fall this choice mushroom springs forth from the damp earth of the forest floor. Providing an array of fungi and other beneficial wild edible plants.
Boletes edulis, also known as Porcine, and Cep, the King Bolete is prized and foraged by mushroom enthusiasts everywhere fungi grow. Discover this prized edible fungi and others. Join us for Useful Wild Plants of the Oregon Coast.
Foraging Edible Mushrooms
Edible mushrooms are plentiful in the fields and forests of the Oregon coast. This occurs because of the Pacific Oceans moderating influence. Moist air, rain, and warm temperatures create the perfect environment for fungi.
Foraging for wild edibles and edible mushrooms are a passion with us. And we harvest a good variety from late August through December. We gather mushrooms for food and medicine. And we use other types of mushrooms like polypores for survival and medicine use too.
Learning to forage edible mushrooms
learn about foraging for edible fungi. Join us at our Useful Wild Plants of the Oregon Coast. Our focus is on common edible mushrooms. Where to find, harvest, and identify. We will cook up a mess of scrumptious mushrooms we forage to sample and enjoy. A fun time to be out in the Oregon wet.
Harvesting mushrooms on public lands
The USFS and BLM lands are good areas to begin discovering and forage for mushrooms. For our area, the Siuslaw National Forest is close with good areas to mushroom. No harvest permit is required on the Siuslaw for personal use. However, there are limits to how much you can harvest.
What the rain brings
Mushrooms come in a dizzying array of shapes, sizes, colors, and habitat. In fact, some mushrooms such as the woody Polypore's, are too tough to eat. But have equally important uses for health and outdoor survival application. Moreover, the edible varieties are nutritional and not to mention delicious.
The cap and stem of the mushroom are the flowers of that particular mycelium. This is the part eaten. The blooms present themselves when there is enough rain to stimulate growth. Some species are triggered by shorter daylight.
The Oregon coast is rich in edible and useful fungi. The mushroom we gather we harvest for food, medicine, and utilitarian use. Chanterelle, Hedge Hog, and Yellow Foot are a medley of winter mushrooms we add to the cooking pot.
King of the forest
In conclusion. Mushrooms are king on the Oregon coast. Native plants that present the curious forager with a lifetime of enjoyment. Culinary delight, medicine, and plain fun. These amazing plants keeps us in the hunt year after year.
“It is possible to live without gold and silver,
And one can resist the temptations of seductive women,
But to abstain from eating mushrooms is difficult.” Poem by Latin poet Martial (43-104 AD)
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Mushroom books we recommend
- Paul Stamets - Mycelium Running.
- What the Rain Brings and More - David Arora. This is my recommended field guide.
- Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest by Steve Trudell & Joe Ammirati.