The Unexpected Backyard Mushroom Hunt

It's raining, it's pouring, the mushrooms in the field are growing...

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Oh I know that's not how the song goes, but dang have we had a lot of rain, and double dang do we have a ton of mushrooms!

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This month I am in the midst of a family challenge to walk at least 8000 steps a day, so rain or shine I am out walking my pasture loop while listening to some awesome podcast or music playlist. Today, while my wet sneakers squished through the pasture, I marveled again at just how many fungus were among us this year. I mean seriously, I have never seen such a plethora of the fungal kind!

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But then again, I do have a surplus of something that members of the fungi kingdom adore, manure. In fact, one can often catch me mid chuckle as I walk my pasture loop because when I come upon a cow pie like the one above the inner infant who is in perpetual residence giggles at the abundance of poo-rooms.

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I'm not sorry.


Anyway, I suppose I should have started by offering a bit of a disclaimer, my backyard is a bit different that most, as it is an entire forest that abuts a huge chunk of state land, so for me, going on a backyard mushroom hunt is kinda like driving to a state park for a hike. I really do love my home.

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During my hike, I wasn't really looking for mushrooms, because I walk everyday I already know where they are all are, but I do like to admire the new ones that seem to spring up over night as we have been immersed with far above average precipitation. It was as I neared the end of my walk and stopped to water the plants in the greenhouse that I made a discovery:

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A couple morels! And how serendipitous! They were growing right next to my greenhouse!

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I plucked the morel that was just past its prime but still very edible and skipped to the house to show my peeps the prize! My son is a very adventurous sort, and before you could say, four spore and seven caps ago, he and I were tromping into the back forty with the corgi.

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Before we made it to the property line we looked like drowned rats.


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Not that we noticed, we had fungi fever!


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Now, I am no mycologist, so I leave most of the wild fungi to do its thing, with the exception of chicken of the woods and morels, because they are mushrooms I know well.

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I do think I have a bumper crop of psylocybe this year because of the combination of moisture and readily available cow pies, but I just smile at all those little fungi as I walk through the fields, because they are kinda cute.

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After splashing around in the undergrowth a bit, the boy and I came up empty handed and wandered back to the house. Honestly, finding a morel was such a momentous occasion that I didn't feel sad about our lack discovery out back and came back home to change my clothes.

It was about ten minutes later as I sat in my room chatting on the phone with my dad that my son came bursting in with the neighbor heathens shouting, "Mom!"

They strode into my room all puffed up like posturing tom turkeys, they had found two more huge morels right underneath my travel trailer, which is next to the greenhouse.

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Dinner tonight is going to be oh so extra special!!


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And as most of the time, all of the images in this post were taken on the author's still sorta soggy and most probably-spore covered iPhone. The text divider image was made in Canva.




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Oh my. You make me want to eat food that I would never have dreamed of eating.

These type of posts by you always bring a smile to my face ☺️

Not matter my mood 😉. Yes I know it is 99 percent positive. But you and your posts are there to lift me when I need that last 1 percent.

Thank you.

Feel free to tell me how good your mushrooms were 😀

!BBH

!ALIVE

!CTP

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LOL! I am going to take that as a compliment of the highest form!

And I am so glad to be of service in the smile eliciting department😊

It is I who should be thanking you, your posts and replies always make me smile! So big thanks!!!

Things got wild (big surprise lol) around here last night, so I threw the mushrooms in the dehydrator so that I can use them in a way that they deserve at a later date, I will so write that experience up!

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I cannot wait to read your surprise 😀

We could start the never ending thank you story.

Thank you. Lol

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Because this is such an awesome post, here is a BBH Tip for you. . Keep up the fantastic work

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Because this is such an awesome post, here is a BBH Tip for you. . Keep up the fantastic work

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So, what did you make with them???

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Since some heathen cattle decided to kill the barn power pole, we had a bit of a farm kerfluffle last night to say the least. So, I threw the morels in the dehydrator and will use them at a later time lol! I swear it's always something around here!!

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Jackpot! I think I'll go on a saunter tonight and see if I can turn up any interesting mushrooms before dark. Whether I come upon any photogenic fungi remains to be seen.

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Ooh! I hope you found something fungi-fantastic! I'm going to wander over to your realm and see....

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Woa, that is a hell lot of unique experience you share where I totally wont be able to try it out myself.

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I don't even know how to respond lol! I hope you are getting an awesome experience this morning! Thank you so much for stopping by😊

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Great find! Nice countryside for trekking around there.

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Yeah, those mushrooms really like the poop. Obviously, you know which mushrooms to eat as eating the wrong one can have disastrous effects.

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I know so little about mushrooms, I don't even know how you go about eating a morel!

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Well, I am by no means an expert, but as I dried mine for later use, I have heard that if you grind a bit of the morels and add it to whatever you are cooking, that it adds mucho flavor. Mucho is also the technical term😁

Joking aside, this fall I am thinking about going to the North Idaho Mycological Society's meetings, they've been around these parts since the 60's and I was really impressed with them when we had that mushroom class at the library years ago.

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