Lovely Fungus

I love fungi. To be more specific, I love mushrooms! They are oddly beautiful, intensely intriguing, & seem straight out of a fairy tale. For some reason it only recently occurred to me that I can not only admire mushrooms & take spore prints (something I am crazy about, but rarely do because I live in a house with 5 other girls, all of who may not, for understandable reasons, appreciate having spores all over the kitchen counter or table : ) …but I can also harvest andeat some of them!

I hope to use these next couple of weeks before the heavy winter snows to search out any edibles…and possibly cook them. I may wait a while. I’d like to get advice from someone who knows what they’re doing. A few of these mushrooms bear resemblance to each other, but one is edible & another poisonous. That’s the last thing I need! A note – some mushrooms cannot be eaten raw, while others can be eaten either way. Make sure to find out which way the ones you find should be consumed.

I thought I’d share with you a picture & name of 4 of my most recent loves. As I learn more, I will continue to share my fungi adventures. I hope you come to understand and possibly admire the mushroom as well. So without further ado, I present the inky cap, the jack-o-lantern, the golden chanterelle, & the bluefoot! <3

1.

 

Coprinus Comatus

*commonly called “inky caps” or “shaggy mane”
*edible!
*must be eaten quickly…they’re called “inky” for a reason
Photo credit:  http://www.nawwal.org/~mrgoff/photojournal/2002/sum/08-07mushroom1.html

2.

 

Omphalotus olearius

*also called the “jack-o-lantern” mushroom
*NOT EDIBLE!
*Bears a close resemblance to the golden chanterelles, which ARE edible, so be careful!
*unlike chanterelle, it clusters
*glows in the dark when fresh (sweeeeet!)
Photo & info credit to: http://www.centralpamushroomclub.org/node/108

3.

 

Lepista personata

*commonly known as “field blewit,” “blue footed,” or “blue leg”
*edible! But resembles other inedibles, so know what you’re doing.
*has been known to cause allergic reactions w/ those who are sensitive, so be careful
Photo credit: http://gourmetfood.about.com/od/wheretobuygourmetfoods/ig/Edible-Mushroom-Varieties/Bluefoot-Mushrooms.htm

4.

 

Cantharellus cibarius

*often called the “golden chanterelle”
*famously edible & delicious
*recipes abound for this tasty morsel
*beautifuuuuuul!
*one of my favorites thus far : )
Photo credit:  http://blog.thomaslaupstad.com/2008/10/01/pictures-of-golden-chanterelle-cantharellus-cibarius-our-most-delicious-mushroom/

 

Good night, world…mushrooms for all!

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One thought on “Lovely Fungus

  1. My favorite part of camp this summer was teaching the nature class (Squishy Slimy World) and hunting for fungi and making spore prints. You collect the tops of various fungi, preferably gilled as opposed to spongy. You put the caps on black paper and cover with a box or bucket overnight to two days. Voila, natural art! My new favorite forest-dweller is polyporus sulfurous. It was so much fun watching my girls begin to realize how beautiful fungi can be!

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