But for the last two weeks we have had monsoon- style storms, and Libby thought we should go to the mountains and look. I was skeptical, thinking there was an element of seasonality as well as moisture to their growth, but thought a day in the woods sounded good anyway.
As we entered the most productive canyon, Libby spied a big Boletus edulis. I jumped out and collected it. It was in prime condition, with no "worms" (actually fly larvae, present in most older ones, though no deterrent to our drying and using them).
And that was it-- the only one in miles.
We usually get either 50 pounds or nothing; what conditions could produce only a single??!!