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Edible Mushrooms of the PNW
Edible Mushrooms of the PNW

Tue, Oct 22


NW Rockhounds

Edible Mushrooms of the PNW

Mushrooms grow in abundance in our areas nearly year around. Very few are poisonous, many of no culinary value, some are medicinal and a select group is some of the best food to enjoy. The Pacific Northwest is the region richest in edible mushroom in the Western hemisphere.

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Time & Location

Oct 22, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NW Rockhounds, 2720 NE 115th St, Seattle, WA 98125, USA

About the event

Some of our choice edible mushrooms such as morels and oysters are fruiting in spring and luckily they are fairly easy to identify, a fact that helps overcoming fungophobia and truly appreciate wild mushrooms. In addition many good edibles have so far underappreciated medicinal qualities. In this richly illustrated presentation Daniel will help you to get to know, identify and find these wonderful mushrooms while steering you clear of dangerous look-a-likes. You will be advised how to properly collect, carefully transport, safely prepare and reliably store your mushrooms. Key in finding prime mushrooms is getting to know their preferred habitat and their seasonality. In addition Daniel is mixing in some fungal fun & facts from his research and mushroaming travels. 

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About Daniel Winkler

Daniel is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (both Harbour Publishing, 2011 and 2012), Amazon Mushrooms (2014, co-authored) and brand a new "Field guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America with Robert Rogers". He grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since over 20 years in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, sharing his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator, guide and as vice-president of Seattle's Puget Sound Mycology Society. In his presentations he is combining his stunning photography with an often funny blend of entertaining stories and scientific information; he likes to refer to as "edutainment". Having been in love with mushrooms since early childhood Daniel managed to bend his career as an ecologist and geographer focused on High Asia towards researching medicinal mushrooms and rural income in Tibet. His Cordyceps research has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, NYT, WSJ, NPR, BBC etc. In the last decade Daniel started exploring neotropical fungi. With his travel agency MushRoaming Daniel is organizing mushroom focused eco-tours to Tibet, Bhutan, the Amazon, Colombia, the Alps and mushroom events in the Pacific Northwest since 2007. [].

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