I am lucky to live here in Oregon, where the ancient forests sprawl down into the valleys , whose spindly branches of Oak, Myrtle, Maple and evergreens outwardly stretch, as their canopies tower above roadsides - whose greenery throws shadows onto cars - filtering sunlight into a flickering dance of light onto the winding roads which disappear into the green mossy-lined darkness.
Among those trees hidden in the shadows and bark of decomposed logs, or livestock pastures and typical wasteland - little gems of edible goodness are lurking. Mushrooms! I have always wanted to go foraging for them and the other forest edibles, but haven't gotten a chance yet. So as one of my resolutions for the New Year is to learn to identify edible wild plants and forage.
And to celebrate this theme, I have found a mushroom hunter, Lee M. Norris, to share some of his knowledge on edible mushrooms found in Oregon. Even though he mentions some species found in Oregon - his comments on hunting them as a whole are not Oregon specific, and anyone interested in foraging might learn some helpful tips.
While editing his guest post: A Foraging We Will Go, Mushroom Hunting in Oregon, I thought it would be lovely to give some links on guides for mushroom hunting, which led me to a list cataloged by region, continent and by specialty.
Hopefully these list of books will give everyone a new perspective of those little fungi and other plants growing and thriving around us.
See the Foraging , Truffles & Mushroom Hunting Publication list in it's entirety. Read: Part 1 - Truffles, Part 2 - Mushrooms, Part 3 - Foraging Edible Plants