Got up to cabin in Vilas at noon today. Damn, (2) days late. Got enough for two meals, but could have had plenty for canning couple days earlier. Oh well.
Did find one hen of the woods two weeks ago and nothing since!
Good Honey mushroom story. Years ago I owned a 120 acre piece of property in central Wisconsin. I had been taught to pick honey mushrooms by a friend of mine. I always got some each fall but nothing all that great for quantity. I would say somewhere in the early 1990's we had the perfect storm of honey mushroom weather and I was out in my woods and saw hundreds of them starting to pop up everywhere. They were mostly buttons on that day. I called my mother who loved honey mushrooms and she came over and couldn't believe the numbers of them. She was polish and knew what she was looking at was a once in a lifetime occurrence. She picked for hours and filled several shopping bags. Then she asked me if it would be alright for her to call some of her friends who were all from "the old country" that loved wild mushrooms. I told her that would be great because there were so many that they were all going to go to waste unless they were picked in the next few days. The next morning a small caravan of cars with older gals came up my driveway. I would say about 10-15 older elderly grandma's and grandpa's came and picked most of the day. The mushrooms were about perfect a age for picking. They filled grocery bags full of them. The next day word spread and I sure didn't care who came and there had to be 25-30 cars that came with all these grandma's and grandpa's . It was incredible but as I said once in a lifetime experience. There really were millions of honey mushrooms everywhere which did not make a lot of sense considering that when I find them now they are here and there and maybe a few hundred if you work at it. I took a day of vacation just to be part of something I'll likely not see again the rest of my life. These gals were absolutely giddy with excitement! The land had been select cut on oaks for years.
Welder, I’d compare those with Amanita bisporigera. Supposedly delicious but you’ll almost certainly die if you eat them.
Found a meal's worth of honey mushrooms in my yard in Vernon County this week. Hoping to find a lot more!
Kids mom in law dropped off 20 lbs of chickens. I never had them,fried up a pan full with butter. They do taste like chicken to a point. Can I freeze them or have to dehydrate. I'm thinking winter stews could get better. Thanks
The woods exploded with mushrooms this weekend in Vilas county. Finally found some chanterelles.