Black Trumpet Mushroom

Black Trumpet Mushroom

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Return of the blewits

I was going for an xmas blewit harvest but I didn't want to risk tonight's cold destroying them. But still I'd say an edible mushroom harvest on Dec. 23rd in upstate New York is pretty remarkable.

I'll remember 2012 as the year of the blewit harvest that wouldn't quit. It started on Oct. 22nd and just kept going and going. The photo shows some that were gathered on Nov. 25th.

In the meantime there have been several nights that were in the 20s along with some snow and sleet but somehow they stayed alive and kept growing. I had to wait for the snow to melt off the top of the one's I gathered today.  I'm guessing that the decomposing mulch helped keep the temp up, that plus the fact that the mulch is on a slope that faces south.

I'll cook those last blewits with some string beans as a side dish for xmas dinner.

Happy holidays everyone. Let's all hope for a soggy summer and early fall in 2013.