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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Join Us for FungiFest 2019!

Saturday, August 31st 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Warren Wilson College.
A daylong celebration of fungi, featuring displays, classes and workshops. More info.

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! October's meeting will take place on the 24th.

New Location for 2019!

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

Speaker Program

August 22: Giuliana Furci talks about the fungi of Chile .
August 29: Rachel Swenie talks about Mushrooms with teeth - the history, diversity, and edibility of the mushroom genus Hydnum.

2019 Schedule
Date Speaker
March 28 Greg Carter
April 25 William Padilla-Brown
May 30 Coleman McCleneghan
June 27 Tradd Cotter
July 25 Mike Hopping
August 22 Giuliana Furci
August 29 Rachel Swenie
September 26 Brian Looney
October 24 John Munafo
November Annual Business Meeting. Current members only.


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Delicious ways to cook your favorite fungi.

Boletus separans

The lilac bolete, Boletus separans, formerly Xanthoconium separans, is associated with woodland oaks. It’s medium to large in size, has a dry, lumpy cap that starts pinkish brown or light brown and matures to honey brown. The stalk is whitish overall but typically flushed with lilac in youth and shows white reticulation (raised net texture) over much of its length. Early on, the pore surface is white and featureless. When the pores open the surface gradually turns pale yellow from the yellowish brown spores. No part of the mushroom changes color when bruised. The odor and taste of the raw flesh is pleasant, not bitter or acidic. This cousin of the king bolete is a choice edible when young, firm, and relatively bug-free. Lookalikes include the also edible Boletus nobilis, which lacks the youthful lilac shades. So does Xerocomus (Boletus) hortonii, but it has yellow pores from the start.

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