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Hydnum repandum (hedgehogs)
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shroomgal
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2004 12:01 pm    Post subject: Hydnum repandum (hedgehogs) Reply with quote

Went on a short foray this afternoon in the western Cascade foothills and found three humongous Hydnum repandum. I've never seen them that large! One of them must weigh close to a pound! Shocked Got a bunch of small ones too. Can't wait to cook them up! Sorry no pic to share.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2004 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hedgehog fungus are quite meaty and quite substantial- I had a few earlier this year- enjoy them!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK....this is really getting to me....everyone is finding them in quantity this year, and I haven't been able to find one yet...grrrr
But, guess I can't complain as its been a good year.....I'll look again this weekend
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 3:09 pm    Post subject: THE HUNT Reply with quote

shroom gal

We are pondering going into that vast forest around Harrison Lake. Do you have any idea of the elevation where you were picking on the fifteenth.? that freezing line is getting lower all the time.

I have picked big Hydnums before but I don't think that they were that big. I always found that the large mature ones tasted fairly bitter and needed a lot of cooking. We are hoping to find some Angel Wings and who knows.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I think, based on what I've read, that everything is in quantities this year, at least in Oregon. Can't speak for the other states. The large ones were scattered over a small area. They were not all clumped in one place.

Am going to try the recipe with panini (substituting turkey) in "All That the Rain Promises....and More" on the hedgehog page.

Elevation could not have been above 1,000. It is supposed to be fairly chilly tomorrow (Saturday) so I'm sure that frost line will plummet. However! One Christmas I found some tiny hedgies and yellowfeet a couple miles after the turnoff for 242 off 126 and there was snow on the ground. So hopefully they'll survive. Happy foraging!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well we took that trip to Harrison Lake today. The first twenty minutes in the bush were pretty discouraging, blue fingers, shivering, that sort of thing. But just as I was aboout to bend down to examine this patch of small shrooms my partner gave that familiar call "Hey, whats this!" So I hustled over there to see her bending over a larger patch of whatever it was that I was about to examine. She picked the biggest of the lot and we checked it out. Hollow trumpet shape, tannish orange color on top, then we turned it over and saw the veins where gills ought to be and we knew that it was some sort of Cantharellus. I have seen them in my books so I said "Pick them, we'll put a name to them when we get home" So we did, lots of them. It is amazing how picking shrooms warms up your hands.

The environment was deep moss in very open coniferous forest. They were very easy to spot because there were very few leaves on the moss. Some of the stems were almost five inches long and bright yellow (are these called "yellow feet? they were, of course, C.tubaeformis"). The biggest ones were only abot an inch across the cap, the gills were very pronounced and forked, slightly decurrent, and the under color was a light lavender sort of color. The stems are hollow from the cap down.

While filling my bag with these, I also found seven of the biggest and brightest orange C. cibarius that I found all season. And then, While heading down this little valley going back to the road I found a log just crammed with Oyster mushrooms, which I gently stuffed about half of into an already full bag. Then staggered back to the road passing many more.

Now shroomers we were out there without our usual gear, shears, extra bags etc. because we KNEW that the season was over and that we were only out there for the drive and the fresh air. I am guessing that for the last fourteen years we have been packing it in too early. So shroomgal thanks to you and your Repandum for the inspiration for our most successful non-pine foray of the year. And thank you fungusfun for letting me find that inspiration here. Whistle
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2004 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last weekend was nice over here on Vancouver Island too. Still some Yellow chats out and found a good number of C.tubaeformis too...but still no Hedgehog's
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We find Dentinum umbilicatum this time of year under mostly hemlock and this year they seem to be rampant. I do find Dentinum repandum, but here it's a summer species. We find them in Dec. till end of the month. I found a few Lactarius indigo today. I know it was on this forum, but can't remember who was wanting some. E-mail me and I will be glad to send them to whoever it was.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HEY Tnshroomin what sort of Cantharellus do you find down there, do you get any sort of oysters? Just curious, I spent a little time in North Carolina before I moved to the Great White North way before I had any interest in shroomin. What all grows in those forests of dinky little trees that you all have down there. Do You get lots of boletes?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last weekend I had the pleasure of introducing a somewhat hung-over young man from Quebec into our B.C. Forest. My neighbor is the fellow with all the technology, digital camera, digital video. He got some very good shots of C tubaeformis and Oysters and the forest that they are found in. As well as shots of us both in that beautiful mossy old woodland. I am new to this computer business, but as soon as I can get my friend to show me how I will have some good gallery shots to share.

But, you know, more than the mushrooms that we picked I enjoyed his awestruck reaction to the open beauty of the forest that we have here. He had never experienced anything like it, never even thought that our coastal jungle could be so open and soft, and green.

Lets hope that we west coasters can continue to amaze our east coast friends with old growth for some time to come, but the speed with which it is coming down, don't hold your breath.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Whistle,
We find about all the Cantharellus with the exception of C. subalbidus which I believe is only known from the P.W. But we have C. purpurascens and C. odoratus, which doesn't grow there to my knowledge. I have photographed over 200 separate speceis of Boletes ( This includes Suillus, Leccinum and Tylopilus). Our season never really ends, but we do get down to the scrappy species during winter like Oysters, Blewits, Velvet Shanks and Brickcaps. It gets just cold enough for the Morels to start fruiting the middle of March usually, which is fine with me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All right Tennesee! PICKING YEAR ROUND, I would think I died and gone to heaven.

200 shotsof different Boletes? When the book comes out I really want a copy, I can only identify about six. You are writing a book, aren't you, seriously, I would buy a copy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, that sounds liek a cool palce to go hunting.....

i totally agree whistle. if i was at al religious i would opnely and proudly call it gods country. but im not and i have no words to better describe it, except for heaven on earth its a shame at how fast its coming down....but i wont go tehre.


and about the hedghogs i foudn lots when i was going chanterelle picking. i found them right in and around teh yellow chants. psynaut, if you keep driving past koksilah head for lake cowichan on teh back roads. go till teh real forest ends and your struck by the classic cowichan clearcut look. right before there take soem roads to your right (if your heading away from koksilah). theres a mountain side there that i could have easily filled the back of your truck with chant's. probably a few 56 gal pales of hedghogs in there. most of the ones i found were in teh 5cm wide range. biggest one i found was sorta lopsided, and about as wide and 2/3 the legnth of a dollar bill.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not fair, you guys are still foraging & over here there's a couple feet of snow on the ground
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can relate to that! So sad and gloomy when its cold around here.
This is my back yard, pic taken 2 days ago
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