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Hank Mishima was gracious with his time and information on mushroom hunting

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.

JJ Heldman found a large chanterelle hiding under a tree branch.

JJ Heldman found a large chanterelle hiding under a tree branch.

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.

Karen found a large non-edible mushroom

Karen found a large non-edible mushroom

Thank you Hank!

Thank you Hank!

Spreading out the fruits of their labor and getting help with identification.

Spreading out the fruits of their labor and getting help with identification.