My Dad just came over and said, “Have you seen all the Popinkies?” I looked at him like, “Huh? What the heck is a Popinki?” I assumed it was something to do with food. Being Polish we’re always making foods like halushki and halupki, and popinki just seemed to fit right in there!
After he handed me a bag of them I realized that my yard too was full of these mushrooms. In fact, they are the mushrooms my kids were destroying with golf clubs yesterday after my son’s soccer game!
From what I’ve been reading, these mushrooms (also known as “Honey Mushrooms”) are very popular in NEPA and usually appear around tree stumps and roots after the first frost. That makes a lot of sense, since I live along the woods and the patches of Popinki seem to be most dense where we had tree stumps removed.
Since they seem to disappear as quickly as they appear it’s best to pick the Popinkies when you first see them. You don’t want to wait to long or the bugs and critters will get them before you! While I haven’t thoroughly looked into it yet, it seems as though you can dry, freeze, or can the mushrooms to be used later. A simple Google search will help you with the steps to all of these methods. No better way to save money than by accepting a FREE gift from good ol’ Mother Nature!
As I said I am new to Popinki mushroom hunting and eating so make sure you consult a guide or other source to make sure what you are eating is in fact Popinki mushrooms. Does anyone have any yummy Popinki recipes or tips for preserving they would like to share?