Since my last mushroom forage, I’ve had much better luck! I found a beautiful little reishi here in New Jersey. In fact, lately I’ve been spotting mushrooms all over the place just walking around town. Some puffballs even popped up out of the ground one day in my own backyard! I feel like such a nerd, but it’s fun spotting mushrooms and trying to identifiy them. It’s like being on a treasure hunt all the time.
In August, I went to the Annual NJMA Fungus Fest in Morristown, NJ and joined the New Jersey Mycological Association (NJMA.) It was super informative! I had some of my mushrooms identified, went on a short foray and learned about using plugs to grow mushrooms on logs.
I hope to get confident at some point to be able to identify and eat some edibles. Except for my reishi, I’m a bit hesitant to eat any just yet. It would be nice to be able to forage enough wilds to make up a substantial part of my diet some day. I see purslane, dandelion and wood sorrel everywhere in the ‘burbs, but again I’m weary of picking them because of road pollution and potential pesticide contamination. Anybody else out there into mushroom foraging? I would love to hear about it.