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!