‘Banner year’ for Kitsap mushroom pickersOctober 15th, 2013 by tristan baurick
Kitsap’s mushroom enthusiasts are reporting one of the best picking seasons in decades.
“It’s ridiculous out there,” said Andrew MacMillen, chairman of the Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society. “I’ve gotten tens of pounds – maybe 30, and I’m fed-up with chanterelles already.”
It’s not just chanterelles – those golden, meaty standbys
favored by local pickers – that are popping up in blankets around
the West Sound.
trumpets, shaggy parasols, lobsters and cauliflowers are also
In nearly 30 years of picking, MacMillen has never seen it so good.
“It’s a banner year,” he said.
He suggests hitting the trails now while the time is right. Or, if you’re new to mushroom picking, stop by the mycological society’s annual show on Oct. 27.
More than 150 species will be on display and experts will be on hand with foraging tips and help identifying mushrooms (so your delicious stir-fry-to-be doesn’t turn out deadly).
The show runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Silverdale Community Center, 9729 Silverdale Way.
Photos: chanterelles, black trumpets, cauliflowers (from left to right) are edible mushrooms sprouting up in Kitsap. (photos via Wikipedia)