WBEZ | mushrooms http://www.wbez.org/tags/mushrooms Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en An evening with mushroom expert Gary Lincoff http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/evening-mushroom-expert-gary-lincoff-107506 <p><p>World renowned and much-loved mycologist and forager, <strong>Gary Lincoff</strong> did not write a mushroom book... He wrote THE mushroom book,&nbsp;<em>The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms</em>.</p><div>Lincoff, who teaches botany at The New York Botanical Garden and leads weekly foraging trips through Central Park and beyond was perhaps the only New Yorker who didn&#39;t worry about provisions during the hurricane, and that&#39;s because the Beach plums were ripe and Lincoff and his beautiful partner Irene are never unaware of what is fruiting at any given time. Here he highlights the best offerings of Chicago area woods and fields.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gathering edible wild food is a wonderful way to forge a connection to the earth, Lincoff says, and mushrooms are the ultimate local food source; they grow literally everywhere, from mountains and woodlands to urban and suburban parks to your own backyard.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Chicago, Morels are the toast of Spring, and Mushroom guru Gary Lincoff escorts you from the mushroom&rsquo;s earliest culinary awakening, through getting equipped for mushroom forays, to preparing and serving the fruits of the foray!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He has led mushroom study trips and forays around the world, and he is a featured &ldquo;myco-visionary&rdquo; in the award-winning documentary &quot;Know Your Mushrooms.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CHC-webstory_46.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live on Monday May 6, 2013 at the North Park Village Nature Center.</p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/evening-mushroom-expert-gary-lincoff-107506 Advice for amateur mushroom hunters http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/advice-amateur-mushroom-hunters-103274 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chanterelle%20mushrooms%20flickr.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px; " title="Be very, very quiet. We're hunting chanterelles. (Flickr/Brock Topia)" /></div><p>When Patrick Leacock goes mushroom hunting the first thing he checks is the weather. The Field Museum mycologist knows that rain means mushrooms. A week of heavy rain like the one we&rsquo;ve had could produce a bumper crop of savory chanterelles or nutty morels, or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/huntress-gatherer-cuisine-102176">a massive cluster of hen-of-the-woods</a>.</p><p>Next he considers location. He already knows what some urban chicken owners <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/dining/worries-about-lead-for-new-yorks-garden-fresh-eggs.html">learned the hard way this week</a>: Mushrooms soak up whatever&rsquo;s in the soil &mdash; lead included &mdash; so he heads for the forests outside of town, like some of the plots he and his colleagues have monitored near Palos Hills for the last 14 years.</p><p>Leacock is often looking for unnamed species, or deceptively boring looking specimens. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re paid to study them, like I am, you find that they can be quite interesting,&rdquo; Leacock says. &ldquo;A lot of these boring mushrooms might have cool features under the microscope.&rdquo;</p><p>Still, Leacock knows that when most of us go looking for &lsquo;shrooms we&rsquo;re not looking to untangle the secrets of complex fungal DNA &mdash; we&rsquo;re considering what will taste best chopped, sautéed and served with a glass of Merlot. So when he spoke to Chicago Culinary Historians in June, he tailored his remarks for the Chicago chef set.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-10-11/first-rule-mushroom-club-93031">The first rule of mushroom hunting</a>&nbsp;&mdash; NOT all mushrooms are edible &mdash; certainly applies. Mushrooms can be deadly and should never be eaten unless positively identified. But if you want to find the ones that are edible, he has a few tips. Leacock says look for the ones that have symbiotic, or mutually beneficial, relationships with other, easier to spot plants, like the species of bolete mushrooms that only grow on the roots of white pine trees. &nbsp;And, don&rsquo;t waste your time trying to ID everything; just figure out what you want and go and get it.</p><p>You can hear the rest of his advice in the audio above.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a></em>&nbsp;<em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Patrick Leacock spoke at an event presented by the Culinary Historians of Chicago in June. Click</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/amplified/mushrooms-chicago-region-100403">here</a></em>&nbsp;<em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/advice-amateur-mushroom-hunters-103274 Irene aftermath: When it rains, it spores http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-17/irene-aftermath-when-it-rains-it-spores-92120 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-17/mushrooms_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Hurricane Irene tore through the Northeast last month, it caused severe flooding and damage to homes, trees and power lines. But it also left behind something rather delicate — mushrooms.</p><p>Foragers say they've seen more fungi in the past few weeks than ever before.<br> <br> On a recent weekday morning in Northampton, Mass., three 50-something adults wander into the woods. The oak leaves fall alongside the pine needles, and the tall maple trees are just starting to show color.<br> <br> Pat McDonagh often takes friends out to forage for mushrooms and teaches them which species are edible.</p><p>"It does not have gills like a store mushroom," she says. "It has spongy tubes. It's very distinctive. It has these black flaky scales on top. You can usually see if they're wormy, because they'll be little worm holes. This one's nice and clean. It can go in my basket."<br> <br> Even though it hasn't rained in days, there's still a damp feeling in the air. It smells brisk and slightly musky. McDonagh has been taking to the woods almost daily. In her 40 years of foraging, she's never seen a harvest like this one. She often brings her friend Paul Redstone.</p><p>"This is like treasure hunting," Redstone says. "I walk through the woods with her and it's like, 'Oh, look there, there's a little lump of gold.' "</p><p>There are more than a thousand mushroom varieties in these woods, McDonagh says, but she only eats about 24 of them. She recommends taking a course on edible fungi before foraging alone.</p><p>She gets down on her hands and knees to pick black trumpets. "They smell a little bit fruity, like apricot," she says.</p><p>McDonagh says the dry weather last year and even earlier this summer meant fewer mushrooms.<br> <br> "The mushrooms you see — this isn't the whole organism," she says. "This is just the fruiting body of a larger organism that has a vast network in the soil and rotten wood, depending on the species. So they don't fruit when it's dry but when it's wet. This has just been an incredible year. Where you'd normally find one, you find a hundred."<br> <br> The great picking will continue until mid-October. Frosts can trigger even more growth. McDonagh plans to dry and freeze her abundance for use all winter and spring.</p><p>Copyright 2011 WFCR-FM.</p></p> Sat, 17 Sep 2011 05:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-09-17/irene-aftermath-when-it-rains-it-spores-92120 The Fish Guy is 'shrooming http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-06/fish-guy-shrooming-84594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/mushroom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-01/mushroom.jpg" title="" width="448"></p><p>Bill Dugan knows his seafood. As proprietor of The Fish Guy on Elston Ave., he can talk for hours (literally) about the dude who plucked that sea urchin from the coast or the family who works the Nantucket Cape every Fall in search of tiny, sweet bay scallops. What you don't hear him talk a lot about are vegetables, specifically, wild mushrooms. All that is changing this Spring. Dugan's selection varies, depending on availability and the season, but the store is now selling up to eight varieties of wild mushrooms at a time.</p><p>These tasty, exotic fungi aren’t found at your local Dominick’s. The current list includes: morels, hedgehogs, black trumpets, brown beech, maitake and king trumpet royalle.&nbsp;They're shipped here from foragers as far away as the Pacific Northwest and Cape Cod, as well as local areas (always kept top secret, of course).</p><p>Check out which mushrooms are available by <a href="http://www.fishguy.com/">checking their website</a>.</p><p><em>Fish Guy Market, 4423 N. Elston, 773-283-7400</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-06/fish-guy-shrooming-84594