Putnam State Park, Connecticut.
"Wildman" Steve Brill identifying a mushroom.
Don't eat these! The big orange mushroom glows in the dark.
The edible bounty.
On Sunday I joined several friends for a wild mushroom hunt in Connecticut. The foraging was led by "Wildman" Steve Brill, who is more famous for his Central Park foraging tours. After all the rain we've been having you'd think that there would be lots of mushrooms but there weren't. Between six of us we found enough mushrooms for dinner but not the bounty we had anticipated. We did gather lots of ramps, a wild and pungent relative of the leek and onion.
The ramps were used in a ramp-potato soup. The alpha chef sauteed the mushrooms separately from all the other food so we could better taste them. They tasted like mushrooms with a bitter, soapy aftertaste. The hunt was mildly fun, but in the future I'll stick to store bought.