Mushroom ID Class 2 of 4 (by )

? WHEN: 10/29/2014, 7-9 pm
? WHERE: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 E Cliff Dr Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Yellow mushroom growing from leaf litter on the forest floor.

New: This class is now filled so future enrolment is not possible.  

Phil Carpenter is leading a series of Fall Mushroom Identification classes. October first was the first in a series of 4 classes. This second class will also be held at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum on East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz from 7-9 pm.    Participants must be club members and contact Phil prior to attending. The class is free, so the membership dues are the only fee for nonmembers. Come with fresh mushrooms from field or lawn, forest or mountains. Also bring your text: a copy of Mushrooms Demystified.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup (by )

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Jim Maley, fungiphile and infamous chili authority, adapted this soup from The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. He relates:

I am told this recipe is used in the Hungarian community. Hungary is the focal point for peppers in Eastern Europe and all peppers are called paprika. Like most Eastern Europeans, they love wild mushrooms. Hungary is one of the few countries to mix hot with mushrooms.


As for the recipe, I usually skip the soy sauce and add a little garlic. For this batch, I added a little cooking sherry as well. I have used various Hungarian paprika varieties in the soup, but the Pride of Szeged Hot Paprika works out well and is readily available. This powder allows you to carefully upgrade heat at the end to provide a lot of zest, but at a level adjusted to prevent overpowering the mushrooms. I like to use mushrooms with good texture, like Lobsters, and some nice strong ones such as boletes. Shiitake mushrooms are a good bet, too.


October, 2014

"Golden Pholiota " by Steve Olson

Best Photo
Date: September 19, 2014
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 7 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Flash Used: No

Steve Olson, the photographer says: "I found 2 separate fruitings of this "unknown to me" variety. I feel like I should know what this is but can't come up with it. I'll be bummed if it happens to be a tasty edible!" 

Phil says,  "It's a Pholiota, in the aurivella group."  

Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora says that as far as eating goes, it is to be avoided.

July, 2014

"Birch Boletes in July!" by Steve Olson

Best Photo
Date: July 20, 2014
Camera: Apple iPhone 5
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure: 0.01 sec
Focal Length: 4 mm
Aperture: f/2.4
Flash Used: No
Found these little Birch Boletes in a neighbors wooded yard. I would love to pick and dry these little fellas but not sure if they've been spayed, fertilized, etc. Too bad……they look delicious!
Found in San Carlos
July 20, 2014
Sadly only had my iPhone camera

June, 2014

"Craterellus tubaeformis" by Yev Nyden

Best Photo
Date: January 26, 2013
Camera: Panasonic DMC-GX1
ISO Speed: 1600
Exposure: 0.10 sec
Focal Length: 14 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Flash Used: No

Craterellus tubaeformis has many common names: yellowfoot, winter mushroom, winder chanterelle, funnel chanterelle...

May, 2014

"Weathered morel" by Hugh Smith

Best Photo
Date: 18 May, 2014
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Morchella elata.