Fishing For Lobsters On Dry Land

“Lobster mushrooms are unique and tough to misidentify. Look for their bright red-orange color, which looks a bit like the red-orange on lobsters. We found our specimens growing on a north facing hill where Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees grew. Much of what we harvested was mostly buried beneath moss and weeds; fortunately, the mushrooms’ bright color made them easy to spot.
 
Lobster mushrooms have an irregular shape – in part because they are actually two fungi. They consist of the host, which is either a Russulas or Lactarius mushroom, and a parasite called Hypomyces. The Hypomyces infects the mushroom, transforming it into the deformed, dense, and roughly textured thing we call a lobster mushroom. The mushroom’s caps often have cracks in them and the mushroom has no gills. Depending upon where you live, lobsters are available most of the year, or mainly in the fall. For more tips on properly identifying lobster mushrooms, click over to Mushroom-Collecting.com.”
 
See How to Forage, Clean, & Eat Lobster Mushrooms (with Roasted Lobster Mushrooms in Clarified Butter recipe)
No, I haven’t lost it and I haven’t fished for anything except crabs off Vancouver and mussels in the Arctic that was seafood. These are “Lobster mushrooms”, actually a fairly common type of mushroom being parasitized by another fungus. The Lactarius mushroom that hosted the lobster mushrooms we found today is a rather insipid type but the lobster mushroom has a much better flavour and texture. We had some stir-fried and some on pizza. Delicious and they made our mouths happy.
Here’s a picture:

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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