The Oyster Mushroom, Pleurotus ostriatus, is beginning to fruit in earnest. We picked a couple clumps on aspen snags this morning. The caps came with a compliment of Pleasing Fungus Beetles which will need to be turned out by a brief immersion in water before preparing these delicious fungi for the table. As always, the anise-like odor of these mushrooms was potent and pleasant. The air of the surrounding woods was lightly touched with that scent.
Cora Mollen, author of Fascinating Fungi of the Northwoods and founder of Northstate Mycological Club.
Northstate Mycological Club