ON THE PROWL: On a September morning in the woods along an Oak Ridge byway, honey and Chicken in the Woods mushrooms were the most likely finds. Now that’s its October, the more common will include Lion’s Mane and puffballs. Forager Whitey Hitchcock shares a recipe for turning the latter into “Puffballs Parmesan” on his blog: thefungiforager.com.
A new focus on local foods paired with our Appalachian heritage for foraging—and thrift!—has created a wild mushroom love affair that’s gracing the finest restaurants and the humblest home kitchens. With mushroom fiends like intrepid forager Whitey Hitchcock and grow-your-own advocate Bob Hess of Everything Mushrooms acting as evangelists (plus a major producer like Monterey in our own back yard), mushrooms are, well, mushrooming into a genuine Knoxville food trend.