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Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are open to the public and feature a guest speaker and recent area finds.

Time & Date

7:00 PM on the last Thursday of the month, March through November. (We have an extra meeting in August! April and July meetings will start at 7:15 PM.)

New Location for 2019!

The Murphy-Oakley Recreation Center.
It is located at 749 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Speaker Program

June 2019: Tradd Cotter.
The Blue Portal: Mushroom Mountain's New Healing Center and Psilocybin Research Facility in Jamaica.

2019 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 28 Greg Carter
April 25 William Padilla-Brown
May 30 Dr. Coleman McCleneghan
June 27 Tradd Cotter
July 25 Mike Hopping
August 22 Giuliana Furci
August 29 Rachel Swenie
September 26 Brian Looney
October 31 John Munafo
November 28 Annual Business Meeting. Current members only.


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Delicious ways to cook your favorite fungi.

Polyporous umbellatus

By this point everyone knows this is the time of year to look for those large fleshy “hen of the woods”. So you’re out searching around those large old oaks and you spot one. You kneel and pick it and it’s connected to a black underground tuber. The caps are all round, this isn’t Griffola. Relax, you’ve found the umbrella polypore and it’s a really special find.

This is another of those fungi that I just don’t find. I hope that by writing this my luck will change as it did with the cauliflower mushroom. When you find the umbrella take care to cut the many capped branches away from the dirty tuber. This makes cleaning at home much easier and if you don’t disturb the tuber perhaps it will fruit again. This is to me the most delicious of all polypores. I even find the flavor to be superior to Griffola. Try a simple sauté with good olive oil and garlic and toss with you favorite pasta and hard cheese.

I’ve never found enough of the umbrella to consider preserving, but I believe any of the methods previously discussed here would be quite successful.

If you do find the umbrella, remember that it fruits both spring and fall. Mark that spot in your mind or your GPS and check it often.

Enjoy the Indian summer, winter will be upon us soon enough.

Steve Peek
Field mycologist and long standing member of the Asheville Mushroom 


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