This adventure started with a storm,, or least driving through one. But, after hours of storms I found my self in a beautiful setting…
Yes, the boss was watching while I made this post.
Tumbling Creek is in the Cherokee National Forest in TN. The campground is not that hard to find, if you’ve gotten good directions. My purpose for being here was to meet some other nomads and enjoy their company.
One of them turned out to be very knowledgeable in the ways of the forest. Rita told me being raised in Germany she had to learn all the “womanly ways”.
Now before anyone can protest about sexist remarks, those were her words. And honestly I’m glad she learned them and is willing to pass along that knowledge.
She stopped by my camp and asked if I would like to go with her to photograph and harvest some mushrooms. I certainly would! I’ve never been one to pass up the chance to learn something new about my forest home..
Little did I realize she had found the mother-lode of mushrooms! Like all things in the forest these were not given up easily. She asked me to look, look at the forest and did I see anything out of place? I thought some brightly colored debris had washed up from them creek. Look to the left of where she is standing.
We had to duck and turn through the brush and trees and even remove their guardian from our path.
I must say she spotted before I did…
He was a common Black Racer set to scare off any that would find the mushrooms. I placed him out of our path so we could continue our quest.
Here is what we found…
THIS QUITE THE FIND!!!
Lobster mushrooms and lots of them.
These are not only edible they are quite delicious.
There is probably three to four pounds in this one place.
She told me that to harvest these you should trim them about and inch or so from where them stem attaches to the tree. This leaves the mycelium intact so that the mushroom will grow out again next year.
Notice how free and clear of blemishes they are. Rita pointed out that there were no holes in the stems indicating no bugs had been in them. When bugs enter the fleshy part of the mushroom they often times are headed for the mycelium and the rest of where the mushroom is attached.
She was very happy with this find.
And I had a great time with her cooking up the ‘rooms and some fish and a salad of artichokes and black olives.
Doesn’t that just look good???
Sauteed in a little butter with onions.
It all met with cuzzin’ Dick’s approval.
Now that’s how it’s done in the forest.
I’ll be posting some more about the Fall GTG at Tumbling Creek.
Right now the “boss” says it’s time for a walk…
Get out, be safe, and go adventure.