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How to Forage for California's Mushrooms

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Mushrooms gathered during a foraging hike led by Martha Browne through the woods of Weir Hill in North Andover, MA are pictured on Aug. 12, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

As winter rains descend, mushrooms are blooming across California — in oak and conifer forests, along riverbanks and even in your own garden. You can forage for “the winter trio:” yellow-footed chanterelles, black trumpets and hedgehogs. And you may even come across our new state mushroom, the massive (and delicious) California golden chanterelle. We’ll talk about how to identify California’s mushrooms, where to find them and how to forage ethically.


Jess Starwood, author, "Mushroom Wanderland: A Forager's Guide to Finding, Identifying and Using More Than 25 Wild Fungi"; founder, The Wild Path School

Gordon Walker, PhD biochemist, mushroom educator and fermentation consultant. He also hosts the podcast Fascinated By Fungi


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