Observation 33560: Helvella lacunosa group

When: 2010-02-14

Collection location: La Selva Beach, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA [Click for map]

Who: Brian (triguybri)

No specimen available

Thinking of tasting for the first time. Looking for best way to clean. Know to cook & don’t whiff the fumes. Will eat a little then wait a day. If no probs, then dinner. Any other tips for me?




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Recognized by sight
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Used references: H. lacunosa s.s. is not in North America
See Nguyen, Nhu H., et al. “The Helvella lacunosa species complex in western North America: cryptic species, misapplied names and parasites.” Mycologia 105.5 (2013): 1275-1286.

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Helvella lacunosa this week…
By: Jonathan King (buckyboy)
2010-02-15 13:06:21 CST (-0500)

I’ve collected and eaten these twice this season, most recently yesterday. Don’t cook the stems — they stay rubbery and tough. Separate the caps as cleanly as possible. I sniff each one quickly to detect any odors other than the fungal … with the intermittent, frequent rains around here lately (East Bay S.F.), sub-par survivors of previous fruitings intermingle with new fruitings, making some culling advisable. The caps don’t require blanching or boiling … I’ve been sauteeing them in butter with whatever aromatics I’m using (chopped onion or shallot, usually) and then finishing them in the pan in sort of a braise, with a liquid such as broth or stock, till they’re well cooked and have absorbed some other flavors. They’ll stand up to 10 minutes or so of such treatment without starting to break up. They don’t have a whole lot of flavor, but the texture of the lightly cooked cap is reminiscent of Chinese cloud ears to me … though with enough cooking the Helvella loses its crunchiness, whereas the cloud ear doesn’t.

I had that questiom too,
By: Brian (triguybri)
2010-02-14 19:46:08 CST (-0500)

There are others in the same patch that are just barely fruiting. Are these best very young?

a lot
By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2010-02-14 19:07:40 CST (-0500)

of these look a little too old to eat…

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