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wildmushroomonline.co.uk Wild Mushrooms in America
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Wild mushroom collecting in the USA has recently experienced something of a revival. This has led to mushroom or mycological societies and organisations springing up, all over America.

These often give details of forays and things which are going on that will be of interest to everyone, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned mushroom picker. 

The Southwest mushroom organisation is the Mycowest, which explores mushroom picking in the south west and New Mexico areas of America. Or you can try the

Gulf States Mycological Society for Florida, Texas and other ‘gulf states’. There is also a North East Association.

Then you will find up to 70 district associations or societies, which also run events, give out information and if you are very lucky, may even direct you to places where there is an abundance of mushrooms!

The pickings are also good and you can find some ‘different’ mushrooms, throughout America.

One of the most prized mushrooms is the Black Trumpet, a type of chanterelle mushroom. This is an amazing mushroom and it is like a dark brown or black, or even dark grey trumpet and has very delicate spores which look very thin.It also tapers as it reaches the ground, hence its name.

This mushroom is quite prolific in the summer and autumn and its favourite habitat is growing underneath deciduous trees. It has a rich smoky flavour and because of its appearance it has also been known as the trumpet of death. Yet it is completely harmless. One of the best aspects to this mushroom, apart from its taste, is the fact that it looks very different from all poisonous mushrooms and thus is an excellent mushroom for novices to pick: but be warned, you will be hooked on mushroom picking after you taste the Black Trumpet and have the satisfaction of knowing that you picked it yourself.

It is intense in its flavour and quite rich, with a slightly smoky flavour, which makes it great for casseroles, soups and for sauces. It also has a vague scent of apricots, which makes it very versatile as a mushroom for cooking in all sorts of dishes, both exotic and day to day dishes. 

Other more standard chanterelles can also be found as well as ceps and morels. You will also find the common meadow or field mushroom as well. However, one taste of the divine black trumpet and its very statuesque appearance, will probably spoil you for other mushrooms.

So, to find out the places to go and what is on as well as when the next mushroom foray is on in the USA, contact one of the many mushroom or mycological associations and enjoy this latest frenzy which is taking over the US. Some good general advice can be obtained from the North American Mycological Association, which covers all of America and Canada as well. They also have associations which are affiliated from all over the United States and Canada, so this association is an excellent starting point.


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Wild Mushroom Identification - Recommended Books for All Skill Levels:
Every amateur mycologist should have a decent library of books, here are the top five books I highly recommend for wild mushroom identification:
 
1) Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of Britain and Europe (Field Guides)  - Great layout with superb images - Peter Jordan
3) Mushrooms: A comprehensive guide to mushroom identification  - This one is a proper belter with loads and loads of good technical data - Roger Phillips
4) Complete Mushroom Book: The Quiet Hunt   - A lovely book by a lovely man. Antonio Carluccio
5) Mushrooms: River Cottage Handbook No.1 - Always a favourite from Hugh's fungi specialist friend, John Wright

It is important to have at least 3 books so you can cross reference and cover as many species as possible