Inky caps are up. One of my favorite mushrooms, Inky’s are one of the first mushrooms up in my area and I look for them when the fiddle heads start to end. They decompose in a few hours so you really will not get to try them unless you forage them. They do have a somewhat poisonous lookalike called the alcohol inky. It reacts with alcohol and you get to vomit for 24 hours. So … don’t mess up. Anyway I like them sautéed in butter with ramps sail and pepper. Then served on bruschetta and with a saintly blue cheese.
I looked back at the last few years to see when the first real mushroom blooms were in my area. I am anxiously waiting for this years. I plan to go out this weekend and get Ramps and Nettles, but I really want some oyster mushrooms. Here are the picks from the last few years. (No specific order)
2011 First bloom was April 10th
2012 First bloom was March 31st
2013 First bloom was May 15th I think? I do not have a dated pic till the 29th
2014 May 10th
Quick fall walk not much to see today but, found some inky caps to add to dinner. The more leaves I moved the more I found, but I only took a few. The fall inkys don’t seem to last more then few hour after picking. The ones that come up in the spring will usually keep over night, at least till breakfast. Happy hunting