Fungi as additional tree crops

Daniel B. Wheeler dwheeler at
Thu Oct 17 11:26:07 EST 2002

"Joe Zorzin" <foresterSPAM-REMOVE at> wrote in message news:<uqsri41i2o8v80 at>...
> "Daniel B. Wheeler" <dwheeler at> wrote in message
> news:6dafee1b.0210162113.3391874f at
> > While purchasing maitake (Grifola frondosa) today at a local farmer's
> > market, I also saw some nice Cantharellus formosus, aka Western
> > chanterelle. Since I haven't found many of these, I asked the guy
> > running the operation where they came from, and found out a farmer was
> > irrigating a field nearby, and was also irrigating some of the trees
> > on his property. The chanterelles were fruiting in response to this
> > irrigation. While I kind of wonder if the chanterelle production is
> > paying him for his irrigation costs, it is an interesting concept.
> >
> > Daniel B. Wheeler
> >
> Daniel, you should publish a book, "Cooking with Mushrooms". Do you have any
> recipes? Be sure to distinguish those that might cause psychedelic effects,
> as we don't want any of that! After all, we're all redneck woodsmen. <G>
Maybe somewhere down the line there will be a cookbook, Joseph.

As fir the later point, if you go to the Oregon Mycological Society's
52 Annual Fall Mushroom Show, you can look at the variety and maybe
even some of the potential crops your forested land is also likely
producing. You can decide for yourself whether you have other
economically important fungi.<G>

While I don't think there will be any Oregon White or Oregon Black
truffles on display (I hope I'm wrong), I'm working on having some
other fungi which are commercially important present: Grifola
frondosa, Lentinula edodes, Ganoderma tsugae, Cantharellus formosus,
Laetiporus sulphureus, Hypomyces lactifluorum, etc. Of especial
interest to foresters is which ones are symbiotic, parasitic, or
saprophytic. For example, the saprophytic Lentinula edodes is a good
choice for reducing 2-12" diameter debris into an additional forest

Daniel B. Wheeler

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