The peak fruiting of the king boletes (Boletus edulis) occurs in November and early December in Western Oregon, according to the staff at Mycological, a Eugene company that deals in dried and fresh mushrooms.
The rest of the medley depends on what's available: the golden chanterelle, white chanterelle, horn of plenty, lobster mushroom, matsutake, cauliflower mushroom, the king bolete (Boletus edulis), which is known as porcini in Italy, cepe in France and steinpilz in Germany.
I suppose it is for the benefit of the cogniscenti, so I felt jolly relieved that I knew what bay boletes
were (a close relative of the cep).
Even a short walk yielded finds as diverse as the unimaginably rude stinkhorn (its Latin name, phallus impudicus, says it all) to birch boletes
(a tasty relative of the cep) to gorgeous amethyst deceivers: small, brilliantly p urple beauties which are also edible (and a visual treat on the plate too).
I love easily identified morels, chanterelles, boletes
, clavarias, hen-of-the-woods, chicken-of-the-woods, suillus and certain puff-balls.
There have been parasols, field and horse mushrooms, a few chanterelles, puffballs, and bay boletes
, plus the odd prized porcini - but the real action is yet to get here.
It is a program for beginners and will include descriptions of several common edible boletes, as well as the top 10 edibles.
His specialty is boletes, but all things fungal interest him.
The supply starts with St George's and morels in spring; the chanterelles and chicken of the woods appear in July and the season peaks with porcini and bay boletes
in September and October, ending with wood blewits in November and velvet shanks in December.
Autumn rains bring out the mushroom hunters, who patiently plod the paths, stalking choice boletes
and hoping for a hint of fragrant Black Trumpets.
Enormous Dryad's Saddles sprouted from rotting timber, and where the path left the wood and climbed along the edge of a mature larch and spruce plantation, rows of Boletes
hugged the fence- line.
Keep an eye open for a wide range of interesting fungi including scarlet elfcup, fly agaric, redcracking bolete
and shaggy scalycap that thrive in this diverse woodland.