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Early mushrooms?
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:03:18 PM »
Just curious if anyone has been finding morels yet, Verpas specifily. If I remember right, the 1st week of April is usually when they start showing up in the lowland areas. There is ton of spots up the Skykomish valley that I know of and Im trying to plan a trip up that way to go picking when they start popping up.
I would think oysters have got to start showing up as well. Always seems like they start growing after the first warm spell of the spring and last week almost seemed good enough.
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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2014, 04:10:06 PM »
Glad you specified Verpa's Jesse. Too many people confuse the names and it can cause confusion,

I agree on the Oysters. It shouldn't be long now.




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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2014, 04:43:05 PM »
Arent the Verpas the false morels ????   The very ones we learned to avoid since we were kids ????

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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2014, 05:23:36 PM »
Some call the Verpa a "false morel", but most call it the "early morel". There are several varieties of Verpa's and there are actualy a bunch of mushrooms called "false morels" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_morel

"While many people eat false morels without apparent harm, some people have developed acute toxicity and recent evidence suggests that there may be long-term health risks as well"

Verpa bohemica - Verpa, Early Morel, Early False Morel


Verpa conica


Gyromitra esculenta - False Morel, Beefsteak




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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2014, 05:28:35 PM »
Arent the Verpas the false morels ????   The very ones we learned to avoid since we were kids ????
Verpas are false morels and some people do have problems eating them but I have ate them for many years and never once had any kind of stomach issue. I was always told to fully cook/fry them in an open container and that would evaporate  the toxin out of them. So far, so good.  :twocents:
My dad always talks about the time he tried Gyromitras and became horribly sick for several days. Hes not sure if he open cooked them or not but that has scared me away from trying them even though they grow all over around here.
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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2014, 05:37:31 PM »
Glad you specified Verpa's Jesse. Too many people confuse the names and it can cause confusion,

I agree on the Oysters. It shouldn't be long now.
I figured I should specify considering the Gyromitras always seems to be the first that pop up, then verpas and then trues.

Really sucks that Verpas dont seem to wanna grow around here. Aside from the one we found up at the campers club five years ago, I have yet to find one anywhere else around here in the rain forest. I have spent many full days hitting up every cottonwood area I know of around here at different times throughout the spring and all I have ever found have been Gyromitras.  :bash:
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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2014, 08:21:31 PM »
We picked a couple of true morels here on the island two days ago, YUM!!

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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014, 06:23:13 AM »
I've sold thousands of lbs of verpas and never had a problem with someone getting sick. If you don't cook them enough, you can get sick from most types of wild mushrooms. As stated above, the ones to watch out for are gyromitra - snowbank/false morels. They smell great and taste great, too. But Arora writes that just once out of many times, they can hurt you. I won't be eating any more of them.
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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2014, 03:34:34 PM »
we eat bucket loads of the false ones, never heard of anyone having a problem.

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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2014, 03:49:23 PM »
Can someone tell me more about oyster mushrooms? I guess I wasn't aware that was a springtime mushroom...

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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2014, 03:58:07 PM »
Can someone tell me more about oyster mushrooms? I guess I wasn't aware that was a springtime mushroom...
yeah, what vegetation do they usually grow in? I bought an oyster mushroom grow kit from Haggens a month ago. It worked pretty good. At least I got a good look at what they should look like if I ever come across any in the woods.
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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2014, 04:25:47 PM »
They like old, wet decaying or moist Alders and various other trees.

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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2014, 04:42:04 PM »
That shouldn't be too hard to find  :chuckle: I'm gonna go lookin for some

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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2014, 04:48:24 PM »
Can someone tell me more about oyster mushrooms? I guess I wasn't aware that was a springtime mushroom...

yeah, what vegetation do they usually grow in? I bought an oyster mushroom grow kit from Haggens a month ago. It worked pretty good. At least I got a good look at what they should look like if I ever come across any in the woods.


Creek side alders or where it is moist with some sun is a good place to start. Usually I find them in areas with lots of salmon berries. They will also grow on Cottonwood, but I don't think they taste as good.

They can be a pearly white, dull white, gray and almost brown. They can be buggy, but that is just extra protein.





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Re: Early mushrooms?
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2014, 06:52:06 PM »
 They do grow on alders useualy, but I found a couple yesterday growing on a downed hazel nut log. They were already past prime though, must have popped pretty early. Should be coming on on the alders soon.

 



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