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Old 08-07-2009, 03:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Porcini, King Bolete, Cep, Boletus edulis, or whatever you want to call them, are to many in the Northern Hemisphere, the best edible wild mushroom.


They are plentiful in Utah's mountains and can be found around moist spruce/pine timber. Their cap looks like a hamburger bun. The mushroom has pores, not gills. Some reach 16" in diameter, but the best size to eat are the 2" to 3" diameter buttons.


Pike's Market in Seattle sells wild Porcini (1999 picture):


I got a good sack of them yesterday in the Uintas. Here's an example:


Their season in Utah is approximately August 1 to September 10. They will be popping like crazy on the North Slope of the Uintas after the last two days of rain.
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Old 08-07-2009, 07:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shroooooooms.
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poppin on the south slope too.

picked these last weekend, in a hour or 2.
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I have a good crop of those popping up in my new lawn. They're here for the taking for whoever wants them.
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Coolgunnings,

Some of those look like White, or Queen Bolete. Very nice young buttons.
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I would love to get into wild shrooms, but I'm way to scared-my Pops put that fear into me as a kid...how would one start with their first believed to be non-poisonous mushroom?
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Try a mushroom book, from the library perhaps. Or just Google "mushrooms", "mushrooms Rocky Mountains" or "Utah mushrooms".

Pick a mushroom, follow the identification methods in a mushroom book. Cook a small portion of the specimen and have your kid sister or mother-in-law try it out. After 3 hours if they don't have nausea, diarrhea worst than normal, or start singing Beatles songs, the fungi is OK.

Just kiddin'. Some species are just unmistakeable. But you can't be too careful with mushrooms. "If in doubt, throw it out" is my motto. The moist spruce/pine timber of Utah is a goldmine for edible fall mushrooms and many will be popping up in the next 4 or 5 weeks.

I keep the mushroom book Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms by David Arora in my vehicles and often read it in my archery stand(s).

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I'm gonna do it...all let you know when I get my first batch
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Just came home from a good mushroom hunt, picked up about 2 to 3 lbs. in just a couple of hours. One and a half of them are cooking in spaghetti right now
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I would love to get into wild shrooms, but I'm way to scared-my Pops put that fear into me as a kid...how would one start with their first believed to be non-poisonous mushroom?
Be careful ought there - the list of experts on edible wild mushrooms gets shorter every year.
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