Hydnellum caeruleum, harvest of two

The 2018 mushroom season here on the Sunshine Coast was adequate—certainly better than last year’s—but some species were noticeably lacking, particularly Hydenellum. However, I did spot two H. caeruleum in an area where I can usually count on finding a few, and I’ve been watching them grow over the months. Today, after a few nights of light frost, it was time to bring them in.

I thought it would be interesting to document their progress, particularly since they can resemble their dyeing cousins, H. aurantiacum and H. peckii, as they age. Here’s how my little blue dolls (affectionately titled No.’s 1 and 2) grew:

August 27, 2018

No. 1
No. 2

September 27, 2018

No. 1
No. 2

December 7, 2018

No. 1
No. 2

I have a few of these I saved from last year, so together they should make a fair dyepot; I’ll keep you posted.

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