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26 responses to “New England Mushroom Bonanza”

  1. Meredith

    I can’t wait to go mushroom hunting again! Unfortunately, there have been no mushrooms at all due to the drought here in Texas.

  2. Lisa J

    Oh the black trumpet… this is the first year I’ve tried them and I’ve kicked myself for not trying them sooner. They have replaced the Lobster as my favorite mushroom. I have a jar of dried ones that I’m holding fast to, to bring some flavor to the long Minnesota winter that is (too) soon to arrive. I may have to try your rice recipe but with some of the local wild rice instead. (gotta use what you have sometimes) Thanks for your blog, it’s a constant inspiration.

  3. Linda Townsend

    What gorgeous photos! I so enjoyed taking that walk through the woods with you vicariously.

  4. Rachel Willen@FoodFix

    I live in NJ near a wonderful state park (Hunterdon County) and I need to learn how to forage for mushrooms. One of my favorite dishes is a mushroom cobbler I make for Thanksgiving…but love, love, love mushrooms all year round. The rice looks wonderful. Now…a lesson on growing truffles in your home please! 😉

  5. Michelle

    What a great post! And the photos of the mushrooms are beautiful! Thank you for the great information about various mushrooms too! Oh, and thank you again, for the recipe. I recently bought some black rice (Chinese Forbidden Rice), and I’ve been waiting to find a great recipe to try it out. The rice cooking hints are also good information. Totally great post!

  6. Jessica@The Literary Foodie

    Mushroom hunting in something I have always wanted to do, and have never had the courage. Definitely not something I will do without having someone who knows what they are doing to point the way. Do you know if there are any classes or guides here in Sacramento? Your midnight rice looks beautiful.

  7. Ellen

    I’m a fan of the painted suillus; it grows in the swamp across the lake along with the wild grapes and highbush blueberry. And just so you can judge my taste, I also love black trumpets, hedgehogs, and bears head tooth/lion’s mane. BTW, Gary (Lincoff) says the white coral tastes like rancid popcorn so even though I have lots in my mossy lawn, I’ve never tasted them. Please let us know if you try them.

  8. marie

    Love the post! We eat coral mushrooms every year – they are common around here and sold in the markets during the rainy season. There is one inedible that does get mixed up in the bunches – it doesn’t kill but it does lead to an uncomfortable stomach. It tends to be a little bit pinker than the white corals.

    We also get lobster mushrooms, chantrelles, and porcini. I’m working on making the list of the mushrooms we’ve IDed this year… it’s over a hundred and about half are edible.

    This is a soup I made with corals a year ago – they really are lovely mushrooms and have a nice texture and taste.

  9. Tamar@StarvingofftheLand

    I’m going to have to cast my vote against the painted suillus. They have that nice earthy mushroomy taste, but they cook up slimy, every time.

    I’ve been looking for black trumpets ever since you wrote about them in your solstice meal, but I haven’t found any … yet.

  10. Ruth

    This is a great post! And some of those mushrooms would be perfect for my mushroom soup recipe!

  11. Eric S

    Nice job Hank! The black rice looks awesome.
    I tried your Madrone Bark tea eggs, but substituted HOP’s for the Madrone.
    They came out nice, but I had trouble getting the eggs to crack uniformly. Keep ’em coming. We love them shrooms.

  12. Kenneth Northcutt

    Great pictures, I know you’ve enjoyed taking it while walking in the undergrowth. But be careful, if you want to eat a mushroom, make sure it’s safe to eat. There are some poisonous mushroom pupping our anywhere.

  13. Sydney Debtson

    Very nice article. I’m thinking I need to go look for these suckers pretty soon. It will be my first forage experience. I am wondering if any of you guys know good local/regional sources to forage around Lake County.
    The mushroom photos are extremely beautiful.

  14. Will K.

    Enjoyed your post, Hank. Here in Virginia (and from what I hear, it’s the same all along the East Coast), we’ve been having a bumper year for wild mushrooms; it pretty much started after Irene came through and dumped all that rain on us. In, the past month, I’ve collected honeys, two different chanterelles, parasols, hen-of-the-woods, comb tooth & bearded tooth, puffballs- and the list goes on. This coincides nicely with the start of our hunting season; I’ve been gathering mushrooms while squirrel hunting (I’m thinking a nice squirrel stew with mushrooms). Keep up the good work!


  15. Ting

    Finally a post on New England mushrooms! Hen of the Woods are everywhere right now but I’ve yet to find those elusive Black Trumpets 🙁

  16. Tamar@StarvingofftheLand

    Hank, given the state of our social life, I definitely would have bet against our having conflicts for both the Providence and Boston dinners, but we did. We were very sorry not to be able to actually see the whites of your eyes.

    Next time you visit family, and you’re not quite so busy with a book tour, there will be no excuse for not visitng the Cape …

  17. Perry

    Neat you found all these, looks like Mass is about 3 weeks behind Maryland . East coast mushrooms are fickle compared to Sonoma County, CA (where I’m from). Growing seasons here seem to be just a few short weeks compared to the 4 month long chanterelle season we norcalers get. Been somewhat of a bumper crop this year for black chanterelles and goldens in MD. We found a pretty good haul of hedgehogs a few days ago and have maybe 50 lbs of maitakes to process. Interesing you found the repandums under blueberry, here they and craterellus seem to grow almost exclusively under beech trees. Looking forward to CA boleting in the next few weeks!

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  19. Jessica@The Literary Foodie

    Hank I will definitely be interested as will my husband. All the better that you are the one leading them! Thanks.

  20. Alan

    Ahh the rain has come again here in the West. We soon will have another reason to foray out to the hills again. What goodness will await? Perhaps in a month little piggies to go with our little piggy about to be harvested in 3 weeks. Yummo!

    Great post Hank and glad to see your book tour in going well. Keep up the fun work.


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  22. Cori

    Love black rice. I used to live in Venice, and I miss being able to get it easily. Amusingly enough, I always used it for risotto. Not sure why you had issues. I used the Jamie Oliver method, and it takes a long while, but gets there eventually. Maybe it was a different type of black rice though?

  23. marshall


    I’m interested in those foraging walks. Good luck on the road.


  24. Mike

    It’s probably too late now, but does anyone have any resources on hunting mushrooms in Texas? I live in South Texas and have never had any ideas if anything was edible. I would love a resource on edible Texas mushrooms, any suggestions?

  25. Thane

    Your mushroom pictures are gorgeous! I’m a little late to the party I know, but I landed here because I was looking for identification of that white coral mushroom you had found.

    I found some myself (my excursion: ), and they are edible–but what is it exactly?

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