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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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Hericium erinaceus

AKA: Bearded tooth, Lion's Mane

If you’ve been reading this column for any length of time you already know to scan the trees as well as the ground any time you are mushroom hunting. This is a very distinctive fungus and another good one for you beginners to learn as there are no known poisonous mushrooms in the family Hydnaceae. Once you’ve discovered the culinary pleasure of bearded tooth, you may forget to scan the ground.

Bearded tooth occurs on living deciduous trees mostly oak, maple and beech. Now (August through November) is the time for it to fruit. Look for white to cream colored, small to medium (4 to 10 inches diameter) round to oval pom poms growing on the sides of trees. A closer examination will reveal a toothed fungus with the teeth forming a white beard-like mass. There are two look a likes in our area, H. coralloides and H. ramosum, both of which grow on dead of dying trees. Don’t worry; all three are edible and choice.

If you are going to make a meal of bearded tooth, choose young tender specimens. Young specimens are choice, but older specimens can be tough and sour tasting. The base can be very tough and rooting, so take your knife and trim off the tender part. In my opinion bearded tooth is like chicken mushrooms in that it benefits from long slow cooking. Try it in a slow cooker stew rather than a stir fry. If you have the incredible luck to find enough to preserve try either sautéing in butter and freezing or pressure canning.

The most productive time of the mushroom season is upon us. The diversity and numbers of mushrooms can be mystifying. Pick what you know and enjoy nature’s buffet. Just remember the cardinal rule, “When in doubt, toss it out!”. Have fun out there.

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

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