Faerie Lights: Bioluminescent Oyster Mushrooms

Bioluminescent Oyster Mushrooms by Jeff Baurs It’s not every day that I learn something new about Michigan, but the fact that Michigan has mushrooms that produce their own illumination is a new one to me!! PlantSnap explains that Bitter Oyster Mushrooms (Panellus stipticus) are one of over 80 species of bioluminescent mushrooms: The mushrooms use … Continue reading Faerie Lights: Bioluminescent Oyster Mushrooms

Earl Young & the Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix

Mushroom House in Charlevoix, Michigan by Lee Rentz Visit Charlevoix shares the story of self-taught builder Earl Young & his “mushroom houses” in Charlevoix: Starting in 1919, and continuing into the seventies, Young fashioned over two dozen creations using indigenous materials. Over the course of his fifty-year career, Young would build twenty-six residential houses and … Continue reading Earl Young & the Mushroom Houses of Charlevoix

Know Your Michigan Mushrooms: Black Trumpet

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mushrooms can be dangerous and even deadly! Be careful and know what you’re eating. As the saying goes: “There are old mushroom hunters, and bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.” Black Trumpet, photo by I am Jacques Strappe The Michigan Morel Hunters Club features mushrooms that are in … Continue reading Know Your Michigan Mushrooms: Black Trumpet

Michigan Mushrooms: Chicken of the Woods

Chicken of the Woods, photo by .Larry Page The Cornell Mushroom Bog is a great resource for mushroom hunters. Their entry on Eating the Chicken of the Woods begins: David Arora remarks in Mushrooms Demystified that this is one of the “foolproof four” — an unmistakable mushroom. (see below) This large, brightly colored fungus is often … Continue reading Michigan Mushrooms: Chicken of the Woods

Shaggy Mane Mushroom

DSC09529_tonemapped, photo by ansonredford. Mushroom-collecting.com has this to say about the Shaggy Mane Mushroom: The Shaggy Mane, also occasionally known as the Lawyers Wig, is a distinctive and easy to recognize mushroom. Its size, shape, and tendency to grow in tight groups make it easy to spot even from considerable distance. Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus) … Continue reading Shaggy Mane Mushroom

Oyster mushrooms

Fungi stacks, photo by ETCphoto Mushroom guru Wildman Steve Brill says that the Oyster mushroom is a mushroom that lives up to its name – it looks, smells, and tastes like oysters! Not surprisingly, the Michigan Mushroom Hunter’s Club has great info on oyster mushroom hunting in Michigan that begins: Oysters (Pleurotus ostreatus complex) are … Continue reading Oyster mushrooms

Michigan Mushroom Nation!

The First Morels this Year 05/02/2010, photo by rickrjw The TIME Magazine feature Mushroom Nation linked over to our feature on yellow chanterelle mushrooms. In it, James Beard Award–winning food writer Josh Ozersky takes a look at how wild mushrooms are becoming as American as apple pie. He writes that: …for all their exoticism, they’re … Continue reading Michigan Mushroom Nation!

Michigan Mushroom Season is here … join a public hunt to know what’s edible!

_MG_9261, photo by jt354. I’m a year older and a little wiser and pretty sure these are edible honey mushrooms, although I’m not sure about the darker brown bumps. Still a fantastically vital idea to know what you’re picking and eating!! While morels draw the lion’s share of mushroom coverage, there are a ton of … Continue reading Michigan Mushroom Season is here … join a public hunt to know what’s edible!

Yellow-footed Chanterelle mushroom

6739 Yellow-footed Chanterelle, photo by darylann MichiganMorels.com says that the Yellow-Footed Chanterelle is a bright yellow mushroom, this is sometimes funnel shaped and: Time Of Year: Late Spring through early Summer. Once you find an area that produces chanterelles, go back 2 or 3 times within that month. you just might find they fruit in … Continue reading Yellow-footed Chanterelle mushroom