Taking just a bit of polypore mushroom home for lunch

Berkeley’s Polypore Mushrooms and New Kittens

After finding a big growth of chicken of the woods mushrooms up on Mount Jefferson recently, we headed up the east ridge to see if our own Berkeley’s polypores were coming up. And they are.

I only cut the edges of these “petals” of mushroom, since the mushroom is tougher near the core. We’ve found that you can harvest from the outer edges and the whole thing will keep growing. You can sometimes even get more cuttings from the petals you’ve already cut from.

We do our best to harvest only a little, so that the plant can easily grow for its season, and successfully regenerate the next year as well.

Berkeley's polypore on East ridge
Berkeley’s polypore on East ridge. Also Pippi.
Taking just a bit of polypore mushroom home for lunch
Taking just a bit of polypore mushroom home for lunch. Also Rocky.
a full skillet of mushrooms
a full skillet of mushrooms

In other news, there’s a new batch of kittens down the road. These (mostly) feral cats do a lot of work in the fields where they live. There are multiple homes, barns, and outbuildings in that stretch of road, and our coyote and owl population probably picks off a share of them. Even though I see litters of kittens there every so often, I never see more than a few adult cats.

new batch of kittens down the road
new batch of kittens down the road

Oh, on a related note, you might notice the Gatorade machine in the photo above. That machine, along with the kittens, makes an appearance in a poem I wrote—published in April of this year on Mad Swirl—called “Drunk Holding the Drunk”.

I know absolutely none of that is related to foraging mushrooms, but I took the photos the same day and there you have it. The marvelously mismatched life of Yours Truly. With kittens. And poems.

What could be better?

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