Sun. Sep 27th, 2020

BY JAIME YARBROUGH

Oyster mushrooms. Look, smell and taste like oysters. Virtually no stalk. Oyster-shaped caps usually grow in layers on dead deciduous wood, like clusters of oysters. The moist, hairless, fragrant, white to smoky-gray caps are 2-8 inches wide.

Oyster mushrooms are delicate, tender and cook quickly. A great option for quick meals, vibrant stir-frys and simple soups. Usually the lighter the color the more subtle the flavor. Some recipes…

I had the pleasure of exposing a recent Phoenix, Arizona transplant to some wonders of Del Norte County. We got more than we were looking for. Our objective was to find, identify and photograph edible mushrooms. We also came across a Forestry Service controlled burn.
Jaime Yarbrough

Upon reaching a promising mushroom area we discovered the Smith River Hot Shots were conducting a controlled burn for the Department of Forestry which was spectacular.

Controlled Burns reduce hazardous fuels, protect communities from extreme fires; minimize pest insects and disease; remove unwanted species that threaten nataive species; provide forage for game; improve habitat for threatened and endangered species; recycle nutrients back to the soil; and promote the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants. Read more…

Recent rains caused the seasonal emergence of thousands of fungus species, also known as mushrooms.

Jaime lobster mushroom
Lobster mushroom. Read more….
Jaime chanterelle mushroom
Turkey Tail – grows prolifically on logs.

No one should EVER eat ANY mushroom unless they are absolutely 100% certain of its identification – and a second opinion is never a bad thing. Oh, the ones in the stores are 100% safe as long as there are no allergies involved.

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