From Novice to Chef: Mushroom Recipes For Every Occasion
Wild Mushrooms offer a new world of opportunity and delight to those who love to cook, but an understanding is needed of the various flavors and textures, both good and bad, and how to prepare mushrooms to best display their good qualities. A discussion of the culinary qualities of most commercially available mushrooms is here.
Mushroom Taste Tests
There are lots of ways to approach edibility. We have a tradition of Wild Mushroom TASTE TESTS comparing a number of mushrooms prepared in identical fashion, and judged by volunteer tasters! None of whom has taken ill or died, FYI. Several dozen species have been compared in events from Italy, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Illinois, and around Montana.
Mushroom Recipes – Back Issues
Mushroom Nutrient Analysis
You are what you eat, so take a look at a Nutrient Comparison of several mushrooms.
Cooking Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms are native to western Montana, but populations of this mushroom have been extirpated from their native riparian areas. The WMMA offered a series of WORKSHOPSabout propagating oyster mushrooms on cottonwood in riparian areas. If you are interested in spawn for growing oyster mushrooms, check out the educational tape, “Growing Oyster Mushrooms in Your Woodlot.”
Oyster mushrooms and other members of the genus Pleurotus are pictured in the Family listings.
Cooking Truffles and other Fungi, or Not
Some of our members hunt TRUFFLES. These aromatic aphrodisiac fungi are important food for squirrels, deer, and other wildlife as well. You can also check our LINKS for the North American Truffling Society.
Recipes for Morel Mushrooms
Morel mushrooms inspire the imagination of millions. Our site will tell you about the ecology of post-fire MORELS here in western Montana. Check our LINKS section, you can find hundreds of web sites that feature morels or morel hunting in various habitats, bulletin boards where the fruiting of morels is charted across the USA. Find out about our past morel huntsand join us on a hunt this spring!
This site hosts a great deal of Morel information and Research, such as the effects of past fire seasons on the population. Here’s a great USA Today story on morels. The poster child in the eyes of many for the genus Morchella, you can view more pictures and info on this very link. Want to know the difference between true and false morels? Look right here.