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Discussion in 'Connecticut' started by fungus_muncher, Jul 7, 2017.
I live in the nw corner of CT, & I was picking trumpets by the pound in July. For me, water + mature live oak was key.
Are trumpets surging again, or have you been finding them in large numbers since July? For past couple weeks, I've been finding only a handful each time I go out... and the golden chanterelles are still booming, but oh so buggy. Started seeing honey clusters yesterday and found my first Maitake of the season.
I've also been finding giant puffballs and fistulina hepatica.
I wouldn't say they are surging again but certainly still going decent, picked about a quarter pound today but it took a while. All of my golden chants have been pretty buggy this year, some people flush them out with saltwater but I'm more concerned with what the bugs leave behind. I hope that isn't me hacking at your chickens, I pulled about 30 pounds in mid September last year. Nice to know there are others out here. I've only came across a few pickers in the last 6 years or so.
Mushrooms belong to themselves & their fruit to the picker. What do you do with 30 lbs of chicken? I haven't yet found a delicious l. sulphureus - if I take 'em, I sell them. But l. cincinnattus makes my top 5 list. . .
I cook up as much as possible and give a lot to friends who are vegan/vegetarian. The rest gets vac sealed and frozen fresh. Cinncinattus is delicious as well, always nice and tender. Huge puffball, I love making puffball parm.
I so wish that there was a mushroom preserving and cooking class I could take. Some mushrooms are pretty hard to do wrong (but I could probably still do them better...)While my hunting & id skills still have plenty of room for growth, they've far outstripped my mushroom-cooking skills. Shaggy caps, puffballs, oysters, blewits, l. Sulphureus... it's hard to know if they're just ~meh~ or if it's me
Looks like Maitake season has started
Nice looking hens right there. I haven't been out in about a week now but this is the motivation I needed. These guys from nwct?
Yep- found them yesterday in Salisbury, CT.
Found a few hens today but left the smaller ones to mature. Few chickens as well but they were growing on hemlock so I'm not going near those. Harvested this one now I just have decide on a preparation.
Found a decent hen today about 5 lbs, a little mature but definitely suitable for a batch of jerky. When I start seeing them on the older side I get the fever, gotta find them before they turn haha. Most of my trees aren't starting up yet. Also found a few nice hedgehogs and a handful of trumpets.
Jerky you say???? Please enlighten me. Do you some how turn the mushrooms into jerky???
I use a slightly modified version of this recipe to make it (http://the3foragers.blogspot.com/2013/10/hen-of-woods-recipe-hen-jerky.html). It always comes out amazing. Any hens that aren't quite prime get made into jerky.
Thanks, I will definitely try this. I can't wait!
YUM I usually find way too many so this will be gold! Thanks for sharing!!
This fall season should be in full swing really soon. Found a wee little hen that will be ready in a few days and a few others that are just popping through.