figure4This picture is from the internet.  It is closest in appearance to the one I found, and it is named Oregon Black Truffle (leucangium carthusianum).

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On our way back from a nature hike, Richard and I were flagged down by a thoroughly lost, disoriented young Russian fellow.  He and his mother and friend were mushroom hunting when he confidently started off by himself down a side road.

On our wash-board, jolting journey back, with the young man, he said Europeans from Vancouver often come out to the valley to find edible mushrooms.

We did locate his car and his distraught mother gave her six-foot boy the kind of furious tongue-lashing that only intense fear and love can unleash,…. (in Russian).

We gave them all a fistful of candy and continued on our way, stopping occasionally to examine interesting spots.  The forest was indeed a treasure-trove of mushrooms, though we don’t have enough certainty to treat them as edible and choice, the way those people did.

I think we found white chanterelles and oyster mushrooms but until someone else eats them and is still fine in a month, I won’t be cooking any of these any time soon.

I picked up an odd tulip-bulb looking thing and only realized this evening while browsing through mushroom ID sites that I probably found a truffle.  That makes our outing even more special.

I cut the truffle-looking brown thing open but it just looks like a yellowish sponge inside, nor does this mushroom smell remarkably nice.  But still it really does seem to be a truffle.

Anyway, back to the lost young man.  Never let the magic of mushroom-hunting get you lost in the forest.

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