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Scott Stimpson Jr.  Because Everyone Eats!🍷 Foraging - Gardening - Cooking Florida🔄Oregon 📸Photographer🏞 🍄Fungi & Plants 🌱 🌴Outdoor Adventures🌳 ⛰Guided Hikes & Education📚

Here is a video of @BoCherryPhoto finding some beautiful, almost blonde looking, #morels (#morchella). He was the first to find these on our trip to the Pacific Northwest.
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I will be sharing more videos over the next week from this trip. I have lots of fun footage to share!  You can see more of videos on my YouTube Channel!  Be sure to Subscribe there as well!

Now this is what a breakfast oatmeal should look like!
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No addition of any kind of sweeteners (sugar, honey, agave, etc.). The brown sugar sweetness and flavor in this comes from the addition of #sapodilla (#chikoo or #nispero to some) and are the brown bits you see. The rest of it is oats, water and salt. Then fresh cut #banana and #mango on top.
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All these fruits are in season and foraged/harvested locally! So much abundance in fruit this time of year. Eat your heart out!
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Oh and Happy Father's Day to all the papas I know!

Alright I will be releasing videos from my trip to the Pacific Northwest.  I have lots of fun footage to share!  You can see more of videos on my YouTube Channel!  Be sure to Subscribe there as well!  Thanks!
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Here is a quick clip of finding some #morels (#morchella) while out in the #forest at Mt. Shasta.

Africa’s “Queen of Fruits”!
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The #Imbe (#GarciniaLivingstonei) has a sap that has been used to make poison arrow tips, leaves that have medicinal properties, and a delicious fruit that has been enjoyed by many.  The fruit is sweet, tart, and full of flavor much like its close relative the #Mangosteen.  This species is native to Africa, from the Ivory Coast of Côte d’Ivoire, east to Somalia and into South Africa. The hardy tree has some salt-tolerance, drought resistance, and can grow in soils limited in nutrients.
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It is also very beautiful and has been used in ornamental landscaping. Just look at the foliage! 😍🍃 The fact that it produces edible fruit is a huge perk!

People are always asking me “How do you know so much stuff about nature!” Well here’s the secret, I follow suit with the #WoodEarMushroom (#Auricularia sp.) and remember to listen to what the wind says.  It knows all!  Think about it, the breeze on your cheek today very well could have been the same breeze that your ancestors felt.
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There are many different species of the #WoodEar mushroom, with this one most likely being #AuriculariaPolytricha, also know as the #CloudEarFungus. But that is what it's species is known as in Asia. Here in Florida it could be a completely different species. So I'm taking caution and doing more research before I consume it. I know that some common names across Asia include, Black Treasure or Rat’s Ears, and I will say that they really do look and feel like rat ears. They are highly prized for their slippery and crunchy texture and ability to retain flavor from sauces.  To store them you just need to dry them out, then when ready to use, soak them in water for about 30 minutes to rehydrate.  In addition to the edibility they carry medicinal factors such as anticoagulant properties, which again makes its edibility something to know more about.
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If anyone in the sub-tropics or tropics has experience with this fungus let me know!  And if I have ID this one incorrectly, some suggestions would be great!

I really have the best friend in the whole wide world. She is the reason I have become the man I am today. I could tell you countless stories of what Puka has done over the last 10 years that would excite you, shock you, make you cry, and make you say "no way". This pup has been my guardian, protector, angel, and guru of wisdom.
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Everything I do, I have you in mind. I've not traveled outside of the USA because I can't leave you. It's all your fault @woodlandheeler! But I am so thankful! I've been able to realize how blessed we are to live in the USA. Our country is so diverse! From people and culture, to landscapes and ecosystems. There truly is no place like our home! I look forward to many more cross country road trips together. Taking new routes each time. Meeting new people, seeing new places. You have been my source of positivity and unconditional LOVE! I am so proud of you! And thank you for being my BEST FRIEND! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
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Okay I'm going to go cry now.
💜💙💚💛❤️😭❤️💛💚💙💜
(tears of joy)
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Location: Suuuuuper secret! #FloGrown

Have you ever had a #ButterBolete (#ButyriboletusPrimiregius) before? I quite enjoy them a bit more than a King Bolete, a.k.a. Porcini. There actually is a slight difference in flavor.
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I also enjoy the hunt for the butters. All you have to do is look for the #shrump! As you can see in this photo I found a nice little bunch of them tucked away under some grass and earth. They were well hidden but I exposed them for this photo.
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#WhoopDawg!

My heart and soul want to be in Oregon. There is truly no place like it.
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If you ever get the chance to go, the state has many waterfalls that are each worth the visit. Of the easiest to access when in Portland is Multnomah Falls. 💚🌲🏔
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This waterfall is 611ft tall and only about a 35 minute drive out of the city and into the Columbia River Gorge. Even though fires swept through this forest last summer (due to kids with fireworks 😡) it is still a spectacular sight to see. Downside is that that trails past this point where I took the photo are all closed. But don't let that stop you from experiencing this magnificent waterfall.

@bocherryphoto starting catching on to the foraging eye. He did a great job spotting a lot of #mushrooms and lead us right to these beauties.
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I have to say that they were the most pristine of all the #Morels (#Morchella) we found while at #MtShasta.
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Are you tired of seeing mushrooms yet? 😝 Or shall I bring it on? 🍄

Look at all those buttons! Did you really think I went all the way to Oregon and Northern California to come home empty handed?  Between @bocherryphoto and I, we came back with quite the bounty of #SpringKing #Boletes (#BoletusRexVeris) and #ButterBoletes (#ButyriboletusPrimiregius). .
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As soon as we got back to Portland we were in the kitchen cleaning, slicing and drying out our #mushroom haul as quickly as we could so that we can send them back to Florida.
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I wish I was still out there on the hunt, waking up to the birds singing. The dry air atop those Cascadian mountains. And the shrumps!
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The Mount Shasta and Modoc National Forest area is truly a special place.

This is not how #foraging always goes. Typically when looking for #boletes, you are looking for that good ol #shrump. Yes I said shrump. Which take a very well trained eye to see the ground lifting up in a way that says, "Hey I'm a mushroom hiding under here", aka SHRUMP! Then you get that song stuck in your head when you're finding them and start dancing and singing, 🎶"My shrump, my shrump, my lovely mushroom bump!"🎶 Yes this is a real thing. 🤣
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Then sometimes the mushrooms are just poking out waving hello! Like this one. I'll be dreaming of being in this forest until next year.
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If you don't know this mushroom yet, it is known as the #SpringKing (#BoletusRexVeris). It is not the same species as the fall time #KingBolete (#BoletusEdulis), but they are very similar to one another and both edible! Both are referenced as #Porcini as well.

Who’s got the butter!? @Leah_Mycelia has the butter and she’s cheesin’ hard after finding her first #ButterBolete (#ButyriboletusPrimiregius ) of the year!
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If it wasn’t for #Instagram, Leah and I would have never of met. The internet is a funny and weird thing but it has brought people like us #mycophile folk together, to be able to forage, and learn about the lands that surround us in many ways.
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Thank you so much Leah for hosting @BoCherryPhoto and I during our adventure to the Pacific Northwest!  Can’t wait to cross paths again my friend!

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