The Asheville Mushroom Club is a diverse group of people whose common interest is to learn about fungi. Anyone with an interest in mushrooms is encouraged to join!

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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.

Location

The US Forest Service building.
It is located at 160 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

2019 Schedule

Monthly meetings are done for the year, they will resume in March of 2019. We will post updated speaker information once next year's speakers are lined up. Have a wonder winter!

Membership

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Forays

Members of the Club are eligible to participate in the many forays we host throughout the year.

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Newsletter

Each month members are emailed a copy of Sporadic News containing all the latest club info.

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I grabbed my old foraging back pack. Them old military issue ones (such as those from Europe) are simple and best. Let's see:.foraging kit - check; me - check, and Jeep - check. Heck, no raingear; I rarely ever use it.

Being in South Carolina I drove up towards Columbus NC my former foraging grounds. Not really expecting to find anything. Just to get out. I go to one of my favorite areas, which often bears some other mushroom treasures. I trek thru the woods past the creek and all the yellowroot growing along its banks. I spy a soaked Russula-type mushroom here and there. Only a couple. Head down the trail where I have found sparasssis … nothing. Then down the chanterelle trail. Surprisingly I find a cluster of small chanterelles, bright yellow orange but not fully matured. Seems a bit early. And I trot by where I just discovered a couple of lobsters last year. Now I know none of these are in season and I am really finding nothing much at all. Which I sorta expected.

BUT any walk in the woods is a treat. I did say hello to the bloodroot family that has grown there for years. Their puzzle piece leaves are so unique. And as I stopped to admire them I was thrilled to see a couple of St.John's Wort plants - Hypericum punctatum. I took one small leaf and crushed it between my fingers and it showed considerable purplish staining. This particular variety, which I have seen around North Carolina, has actually been researched and found to have a high degree of active constituents.

One does not always have to ingest a plant to receive its medicine. It is a treat to sometimes just hang out with it and enjoy it just as it is. That is medicine in itself! It is just like finding the chickens, or a sparassis, or some other mushroom treasure. As much fun to find it as to eat it!

So, no big whup. A couple of small chanterelles for a couple of eggs. It will flavor them well. I was happy to bust out of my sudden cabin fever when sometimes the only prescription IS a trek down the road!

Terri Herrlein aka scamperfera
AMC Member

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