Meet the Mushroom: Black Trumpet

This is a mushroom that goes by many names: black chanterelle, black trumpet, horn of plenty, poor man’s truffle. In Latin it is Craterellus cornucopioide. Without a separated stem and cap, the mushroom looks like an elongated funnel. The aromatic, thin-walled and delicate fungi range in color from grayish brown to almost black. Beautiful velvety…

It’s Lobster Mushroom Season!

What is a lobster mushroom? The lobster mushroom is not a mushroom at all, but a parasitic mold called Hypomyces lactifluorum, which attacks other mushrooms and envelopes them, completely altering their appearance. It generally attacks Lactarius and Russula mushrooms, and covers them with a red outer “shell”, causing them to take on the appearance of a lobster: red…