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Food

Wet weather is good for mushroom hunters.

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 6 2010 1:14 PM ]

All this wet weather has brought a nice showing of mushrooms in New Mexico. This enthusiast had the good fortune to attend a dinner party where the featured item was an eight pound Cauliflower mushroom from the south east area of the Valle Grande in Jemez mountains. A beautiful tangy and earthy scent emanated from this specimen, which was regarded by many to have the segmented appearance of a brain. It sliced like a Stilton, loose and hearty. It was cooked to perfection in a broth by the host who then proceeded to feature the fungus in a lovely Beef stroganoff on egg noodles. A chardonnay complemented the delicate, buttery flesh of this outstanding find.

Mushroom hunter Rick Fulwyler (pictured) reported that he had also found porcini (Boletus edulis,) the rare Boletus aereus, oyster mushrooms and the wild cousin of the button mushroom.

Disclaimer: do not eat anything without the guidance of an experienced mushroom hunter.