Mushrooms of Oregon (Some are edible!)
Fall in the Pacific Northwest brings three things; rain, leaves falling off trees, and mushrooms. These are pictures of mushrooms that I’ve found around Portland Oregon. Most were found in Mount Tabor City Park, while the rest are near Munson Falls just south of Tillamook Oregon.
I’ve tried to identify these mushrooms based on the following books:
*note* – I am by no means an expert, do not take this as a definitive mushroom guide at all. Names are guesses based on my observations and reading the above two books.
If you know the names of any of these other mushrooms, I would be grateful.
The Red Cracked Bolete and the related Bolete species (below) seems to be some of the most common mushrooms by far in Oregon. I’ve seen them all over the place in a variety of habitats, but frequently near decaying wood matter. For a bonus, they are edible!
Lepiota rhacodes or “Shaggy Parasol,” is found throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In Russia it is considered the most beautiful mushroom. It is edible, and it is suggested that the Shaggy Parasol be dried and preserved for a meatier flavor.
The Larch Bolete is also edible, as are many other members of the Bolete genus.
Another Red Cracked Bolete – showing how common they really are!
Apparently as the cap peels back revealing the black spore prints, the gills liquify and can be used as ink. Hence the name, Wooly Ink Cap.
More Bolete, this time two of the major genus growing close together.
The White Cap, or “Garden Giant,” is closely related to the commonly eaten mushrooms found in grocery stores. The difference? It’s FREAKING huge. These make portobello mushrooms look small.