Foraging edible mushrooms in the forests of the Oregon coast lead us to this striking King Bolete. A popular edible mushroom for foragers. Each autumn, this choice mushroom springs from the damp earth of the forest floor.
Boletes edulis, also known as Porcine, and Ce'p, 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
Mushrooms are plentiful in the fields and forests of the Oregon coast. This occurs because of the the Pacific Oceans moderating influence. Moist air, rain, and relatively warm temperatures create the perfect environment for fungi.
Foraging 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 fascinating 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 great 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 to tough to eat. But have equally important uses for health and outdoor survival application. Moreover, the edible variety's are nutritional and not to mention delicious.
The cap and stem of the mushroom are the flowers of that particular species of 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 just plain fun. These amazing plants keeps us in the hunt year after year.
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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.