The Fungus Among Us: The City Room’s Mushroom Photo ID Series

Foragers and fans of Central Park know wet fall weather has led to a bumper crop of mushrooms, so much so that the New York Times City Room asked readers to send in photos of their finds. They tapped mycologist and Manhattanite Gary Lincoff–he’s the author of the Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Mushrooms–to ID them, and the 19 photos from his first fascinating report are now up online.

Photo of stinkhorn spotted in Manhattan by Peddrick Weis/New York Times. According to Lincoff, these first started appearing in the city in 2003.

Foragers and fans of Central Park know wet fall weather has led to a bumper crop of mushrooms, so much so that the New York Times City Room asked readers to send in photos of their finds.

They tapped mycologist and Manhattanite Gary Lincoff–he’s the author of the Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Mushrooms–to ID them, and the 19 photos from his first fascinating report are now up online right here.  Lincoff also teaches at the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx, and we recommend taking his classes: We once traveled with him on a mushroom hunting trip to Bear Mountain during one of the driest Octobers on record, and even then we managed to soak up plenty of knowledge about spores (and carted home a bagful of black walnuts, to boot).

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.