We were hiking through the woods with Michael and Teri Leigh Baird when Michael pointed to the scattered black spots, looking like holes in the dark moist forest floor. These were the famous black trumpet mushrooms, Craterellus cornucopioides. They are notorious for being hard to see, even if you are looking for them. Once we learned to focus on them we found trumpets in clusters scattered all around on the damp dark soil.
|Find the trumpets - Click to enlarge|
They are highly sought after as an edible mushroom. Maxine Stone in our edible mushroom bible, Missouri's Wild Mushrooms*, gives them her highest **** "choice" rating. They can be preserved by drying which we resorted to after finding five pounds of them. She has recipes for using them in soups and egg dishes.
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*Great information and recipes. Missouri's Wild Mushrooms