Hank Mishima drove up to Mt Hood on a rainy Saturday, Oct. 7th to lead a capacity group of cabin owners on a morning of learning about mushrooms – what types you will find on Mt Hood; which ones are poisonous and which ones are delicious.
After meeting at the Zigzag Ranger Station for a briefing, the group drove up Hwy 26 about 15 miles to a perfect spot for hunting chanterelles as well as other less known mushrooms.
With Hank’s supervision and instruction on how to properly extract the mushroom, the group wandered for a couple of hours and then met to share their mushrooms and get help identifying them from Hank. One cabin owner found a “Death Cap” which is highly poisonous – thank you Hank for pointing that one out!
There are over a 100 different variety of mushrooms and on this fall Saturday, the group found over a dozen different types from the desired Chanterelle to Cauliflower and Chicken of the Woods. The session had a waiting list as the group size of 25 was full. We hope we can ask Hank back next year.
Most attendees had never had the courage to actually pick a mushroom and then cook it but after this event, they left with the confidence to go home, clean and then sauté their treasures.