MSSF Annual Fungus Fair

Daniel Winkler: Choice edible and medicinal mushrooms of the California North Coast and Beyond

Daniel Winkler California is blessed with a great diversity of mushrooms; Some are poisonous, many of no culinary value, some are medicinal and a select group is some of the best food to enjoy. Our choice edible mushrooms such as morels, chanterelles, hedgehogs, king boletes, matsutake and bear heads are fairly easy to identify, a fact that helps overcoming fungophobia and truly appreciate wild mushrooms. In addition many good edibles have so far underappreciated medicinal qualities and otherwise inedible conks offer great healing powers. In this richly illustrated presentation Daniel will help you to get to know, identify and find these wonderful mushrooms. You will be advised how to properly collect, carefully transport, safely prepare and reliably store your mushrooms and how to process for unlocking their medicinal powers. Key in finding prime mushrooms is getting to know their preferred habitat and their seasonality. In addition Daniel is mixing in some fungal fun & facts from his research and mushroaming travels in Bhutan, Tibet, Suriname & Colombia.

Daniel is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California (both Harbour Publishing, 2011 and 2012), Amazon Mushrooms (2014, co-authored) and brand a new "Field guide to Medicinal Mushrooms of North America with Robert Rogers".

He grew up collecting and eating wild mushrooms in the Alps and has been foraging since over 20 years in the PNW and beyond, sharing his enthusiasm as a mushroom educator, guide and as PSMS vice-president. In his presentations he is combining his stunning photography with an often funny blend of entertaining stories and scientific information; he likes to refer to as "edutainment". Having been in love with mushrooms since early childhood Daniel managed to bend his career as an ecologist and geographer focused on High Asia towards researching mushrooms and rural income in Tibet.

His Cordyceps research has been featured in The Economist, National Geographic, NYT, WSJ, NPR, BBC etc. In the last decade Daniel started exploring neotropical fungi. With his travel agency MushRoaming Daniel is organizing mushroom focused eco-tours to Tibet, Bhutan, the Amazon, Colombia, the Alps and mushroom events in the Pacific Northwest since 2007.

Past Fairs

The Mycological Society of San Francisco has been hosting 1 or 2 Fungus Fairs each year since 1969. Fairs have been held in San Francisco County, Alameda County, San Mateo County, and Marin County. Historical information is available about previous Fungus Fairs: