Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

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Mushroom Fever

Every fall after the first rains have drenched the parched forest floors my wife is getting restless. Mushroom fever is taking control over her entire being and she will not feel well until she is roaming through the woods in search of the pine and other mushrooms. Among all the choice mushrooms growing in our forests, such as Chanterelle (Pfifferlinge), Lobster, King Boletus, Honey Mushroom, and many others, no fungus can compare in monetary value to the prized Pine Mushroom.  Every fall local and out-of-town mushroom buyers set up shop for the annual harvesting bonanza. This is the time of the year, when people, who would normally sleep a few extra winks on the weekends, get our of bed way before dawn and scour the woods for that elusive fungus.

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Chanterelles (Pfifferlinge) are an absolute delicacy.
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Mushroom Picker’s Delight: A Pine Mushroom Button
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Lobster Mushrooms are rarely as clean as this one.
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Triplets of Boletus Mushrooms
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A Basket Full of Chanterelles

45 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake”

      1. I wish I knew more about them. My wife just read me an article the other day about trace minerals found only in mushrooms. Good thing I like them. Nice pictures, Peter.

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      2. With a little bit of caution mushrooms should find entrance into a much ignored part of our eating culture. I am talking about wild mushrooms, of course.The ones in the supermarket have practically no value.

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      3. We have lots of them on our property, many varieties. I’d bet that some of them are edible, but I really have no idea. That’s discouraging to hear about supermarket mushrooms.

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  1. Very interesting read and beautiful captures of the various mushrooms, Peter. I’m only familiar with the Chanterelles. You find lots of kantarell in the woods of Sweden and Norway and it’s so delightful with an omelette. It’d be wonderful to try the Lobster, the Boletus and the Pine mushrooms.

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  2. Oh My, you brought me to my childhood. I so very much wish I could mushroom hunting here, in the US. But don’t know much about it. It’s amazing what you found and collected, Peter. So wonderful to this today. Let us know how they tasted 🙂

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  3. They look delicious, Peter, great photos! We love chanterelles. Last year we managed to find some. The boletus looks nice. The dictionary says that it is Steinpilz, but I don’t think they look like that, must be another Röhrenpilz …

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    1. It definitely belongs to the Steinpilz family. My wife and I know a few ‘secret’ spots in our woods, where we can pick 10 pounds of chanterelles in less than an hour. The ones we cannot eat we dry for storage.

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  4. Very nice photos. That first picture, of the chanterelles, it lit just right, and reminded me of an illustration I always liked as a boy, in a science textbook – a freeze frame photo, of a drop of milk hitting and splashing

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  5. Steinpilze und Reherl ( Pfifferlinge), are the most delicious mushrooms , I remember back than from Germany, mit Ruehrei und einem Butterbrot, oh so heavenly, especially when you find them yourself in the forest. The Chanterelle’s we get here, I guess from Canada not sure, aren’t just the same, as like back from Germany, I guess because they are from Costco. Anyhow, enjoy the season.

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  6. Wonderful pictures of such a variety of mushrooms, Peter! And I can completely understand your wife’s mushroom fever – is there anything better than to pick fruits, veggies and mushrooms in the wilds? Somehow they always taste so much better than anything bought. 😊

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      1. I bet they do! There´s luckily a lot to pick in our public parks too: sea buckthorn, rose hips, wild apples and quince, one just has to know where to look. 😉

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