The most common mushroom varieties in our area are the pine mushrooms, the chanterelles (Pfifferlinge), and the lobster mushrooms. Mushroom buyers are setting up their stations as early as September. In October people from all over the province are flocking into our woods in search of the precious pine mushrooms which fetches as an export article the highest price. My wife most probably a direct descendent of the ancient hunters and gathers is also bitten by the annual pine mushroom fever, while I am content with my passion with photography. We drive into one of the lucrative forest areas where we part for one hour or two. Then I always find something worth photographing. Two weeks ago, my focus was on the very small mushrooms, which have a special beauty of their own. Enjoy.
Perhaps some of you mushroom experts may be able to identify the mushrooms. The last mushroom could be a boletus but I am not sure.
While everyone in the valley is waiting for the pine mushroom (official name: Matsutake) season to kick off, my wife and I made use of the recent heavy rains to harvest the chanterelles (Pfirrerlinge in German) in one of our most favourite spots. It is located in the narrows between the Upper and Lower Whatshan Lake. A recent video gives you a review of the beautiful landscape here.
Since we only had a short afternoon, we took our Ford Escape to reach the place over a bumpy logging road. The first photo shows the scenery at the lake, the following pictures show the chanterelle mushrooms as they had popped up in great numbers in the forest and had been gathered into the shopping bag.
We prefer the chanterelles over the pine mushrooms. The chanterelles are easier to prepare and have an incredibly tantalizing flavour. The Japanese love the pine mushrooms and pay a premium price for what they consider a delicacy. Local buyers in a good season pay as much as $20 per pound, resulting in a veritable mushroom bonanza. Enjoy.
The mushroom season is over now. The local buyers have closed their shops. It has been a good year. The Pine mushrooms have been bountiful in spite of the extremely dry conditions in the summer and early fall. In the basket you see a very fine collection of No. 1 rated mushrooms (buttons) that were selling this year for about $20 a pound. It always brings excitement and joy to us after Gertrud (Biene) has been combing the local forests for these precious fungi. To highlight the season I wrote this poem a few years ago. Enjoy.