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12 responses to “Of Trumpets, Hedgehogs and Yellowfeet”

  1. Marcus

    Looks amazing. Will definitely try this out!

  2. Eric Sabbe

    I had a great time picking with you Hank and I’ll have a great time, trying this one out. If HOP’s are a poor man’s truffle, I don’t want to be rich. Kudos to Holly on the awesome pics.

  3. Greg

    Hedgehogs and black trumpets are some of my favorites. We’ve looked for candy caps on our mushrooming trips but haven’t yet found them.

  4. Rachel Hoff

    I haven’t been going out because of the lack of rain. Good to know they are coming up anyways!

  5. Peter Arnold

    I knew I shoulda gone with you! Darn! To think, all those years I spent tromping the redwoods where you were and I never realized what I was walking over!

  6. Carter

    Nicely done, Hank. I really like the plating on the sauteed mushrooms with parsley sauce. Elegant is right. Beautiful contrast. We were back out there this weekend and though the tubies were beginning to show their age, the black trumpets were more consistently large (which sure makes cleaning multiple pounds of them easier!) and the sweet tooth hogs had just completely exploded in number (to the point where you get picky and only crouch down to pick them when you find a substantial cluster). On top of it all, I finally found my first edible-quality matsutake. I’m thinking pork chops with black trumpet and yellowfoot wine sauce for dinner tonight, but what to serve it over? Polenta, maybe?

  7. Kevin

    According to, the trumpets don’t grow in the tight clusters as shown except in the West. In East(SE), I usually see them scattered over moss. Never bothered to eat them though.

  8. debbie viess

    Hi Hank,
    You talked about some of our wonderful winter edibles, always a delight to find. One correction, though: our candy cap is not Lactarius fragilis, a not so fragrant eastern species, but Lactarius rubidus. Another similar western candy cap species that is larger and redder and occurs with oak is called Lactarius rufulus. Here’s my web page on these fragrant finds:

    Debbie Viess
    Bay Area Mycological Society

  9. sarah

    I’m so jealous! I love hedgehog shrooms but haven’t been able to find any anywhere for years!

  10. Mil

    I’ve been wondering if there were any mushrooms up there, but because of the rain factor, I thought there wouldn’t be many. I did try to factor it fog drip, but since the drive up is about 2 hours and 20 minutes, it’s hard to take the chance.

    Now with the rain, I’m hoping to find more black trumpets and candy caps (The butternut squash and candy cap creme brulee from Connie Greens’s cookbook is divine!!) when we get there.

  11. Matt McInnis

    @ Kevin. I usually pull in pounds of black trumpets around my home in Maine, many growing in tight clusters as shown. I think there are a couple variations of black trumpet varieties. Don’t know what it’s like down south though.

  12. stephen Boraston

    Out walking in Poland today in the forest and saw many Horn of Plenty, the very first time I have seen them, must have been about 10kg all high up in forest under Beech Trees on Limestone ground that was quite damp. Not far away were some Hedgehogs, wish I had a basket to put them all in now after reading about how prized they are!!!

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