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MrBig46 April 19, 2017 11:30 AM

Mushrooms in the forest
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Probably remained to me to founded this thread about forest mushrooms. The content should be especially pictures of mushrooms from the forest or mushrooms collected. The descriptions will be for information only and can not be by them to go to the forest to collect mushrooms and then from them to cook something. A number of poisonous mushrooms differ little from those of edible and therefore each collects only a mushrooms which really knows well !!! Obviously it's good to know even the most poisonous!!

As I said, now I already to pick mushrooms into the forest do not go too much I do not take pictures of mushrooms. Because I have no pictures of mushrooms, so I chose a mushroom from Wikipedia, which I collected in February, when I was learning for exams at the University of the winter semester. It is an edible mushroom, excellent into the soup. It is interesting that after many decades I found a bunch of mushrooms directly under the windows our block of flats. Winter mushroom Flammulina velutipes.

GrowingCoastal April 19, 2017 12:47 PM

Oh, Mr Big, one of my favourite topics! I learned to love mushrooming with my Lithuanian born parents who came to Canada after WW2. I taught both my children how to find mushrooms and one of them has gone on to learn to identify many more varieties than I ever knew were safe to eat.

Here we go! Gotta start them young.
Come on Gramma!

NOT for eating. Some pretties along the way.

So nice to go up into the hills in autumn.

There's the road on the right.

Yes, gramma is a slow poke these days.

A nice fresh lobster mushroom. Their ammonia like taste does give them a lobsterish flavour, good with meat. (and tomatoes!)

Interesting sights along the way sometimes.

Mmmm. These are all good.

Anyone know this variety? I have no clue. It looks like ice in the moss.

Of course we found a few more to eat.


I dry lots of these and use them in soups.

Almost forgot the excellent Pine mushrooms my children learned to find.


NewWestGardener April 19, 2017 05:47 PM

Lobster, Chanterelle, Matsutaka, are they? What a bounty, Coastal!
I love learning about them, but have not collected any except for some oysters.

Deborah April 19, 2017 06:03 PM

These are just wonderful pictures. I think it's very wise to teach children about safe wild edibles. I admire the skill of everyone who gathers with expertise. Mr. Big, thank you for starting this wonderful topic.

NarnianGarden April 21, 2017 04:20 PM

Mushrooming here in my country too, although personally I haven't done it so much in recent years. :)
The most common way to preserve them is 'salting' ... but some varieties are best dried.

Durgan April 21, 2017 05:03 PM

Beautiful. Use to be a bit of a hobby of mine, but I don't live in good mushroom country. Too much walking for too little gain.

ddsack April 22, 2017 10:25 AM

Nice pictures, I love the walk through the woods to see your mushroom environment! The only mushrooms I'm really confident about picking are the boletes and morels. My Latvian mother picked many more, which I recognize when I see them, but they have enough look-alikes in bad classes that even with a handbook I don't feel real confident. She also parboiled a lot of them in several changes of waters. Our springs and falls have been so dry in the last few years that mushrooms have been rather scarce. :cry:

GrowingCoastal April 22, 2017 11:16 AM

My mother used to boil the wild mushrooms in salt water and then pour it off. She said that would draw any poison out of the mushrooms but I would not trust that idea unless I was near death starving. Apparently, that is to be done with a few mushroom varieties anyway, like the honey mushroom and a type of lepiota.

Parents knew which ones were safe but I did not recall what they were and they may be different in Ontario from those in B.C.

Mom used to salt them too, in a gallon jar in the fridge. Delicious cold with some sweet/sour rye bread.

2015 was so dry in the woods here that there were patches of dead moss and very few mushrooms. Last fall was so wet that the chanterelles were often soggy and those do not dry well when so wet. Last fall I found a patch of matsutake only about 3 km from home on a walk I do once in a while. I was sure there were none in that woods but found one little corner where I picked about a dozen over the season, leaving and scattering the old ones to spread out the spores a little further.

Seems that daughter has a new boyfriend who likes to go mushrooming. I am thrilled and hoping they will take granny out into the hills at least once this fall, after all the tomato work is done!

Worth1 April 22, 2017 11:18 AM

I was reluctant to look at this thread because I could eat mushrooms every day.
Most of what we have here will kill you.
Others inedible.

GrowingCoastal April 22, 2017 11:26 AM

Gee, after reading this, go ahead, eat them every day.

[QUOTE]The best news about mushrooms is a powerful micronutrient called ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which mushrooms have in very high concentrations. Cooking actually releases this powerful nutrient from the mushroom cells. Mushrooms also have high levels of polyphenols that give them a higher antioxidant level than green pepper and zucchini.[/QUOTE]


MrBig46 April 22, 2017 02:04 PM

I love mushroom soup, mushroom sauce, meat on mushrooms, fried mushroom cuttings, mushrooms preserved in sweet-acid infusion, etc. Mushrooms are never enough.
PS.:Lobster and Matsutaka do not grow with us, I've never seen them

bower April 22, 2017 03:04 PM

I also love forest mushrooms, and even more, I love the hunt for them! What better excuse to go crawling around in the woods, or for always having twigs in your hair. :lol:
We have two kinds of chanterelles here, the golden and the winter chanterelle, and we have two kinds of teeth mushrooms which are favorites, the big one repandum and a smaller, foxy type which is tasty. And we have the matsutake here - again, two types, both are excellent and deeply aromatic. I would rather clean them than eat them (if I had to choose!), the smell is so intoxicating and released with every cut. :D Our boletes are widely scattered but we do hope to find a few on those long hikes. I learned about our local boletes from a friend whose mother was German. They had the culture of collecting boletes and other mushrooms, which we didn't have here. It's hard to find B. edulis that isn't already attacked by larvae. But we have the bay bolete (B. badius) here which is equally tasty, less affected by the bugs and also more reliable. We have eaten a few odd boletes that never could identify for sure, and never found the same one again.

There are quite a few other edibles around but to be honest, we pretty well stick with the faves. All depends whether by "edible" you mean "will not kill you" versus "you're gonna love it!" :P

Randall April 22, 2017 03:26 PM

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I love hiking and hunting mushrooms in the woods. Here are a few of the edible mushies I find around me.

NarnianGarden April 22, 2017 03:26 PM

Yes - the B edulis is a larvae magnet. It grows here in abundance and is even exported to Southern Italy (Italians don't know they're eating plenty of larvae and maggots with their Finnish mushrooms...)...
I lost my appetite somewhat when an expert said that almost ALL Boletus edulis mushrooms are filled with larvae, even when they're microscopically small.

That's why I much prefer the chantarelle varieties, they usually are left alone by insetcs (but slugs still love them)

NarnianGarden April 22, 2017 03:28 PM

Randall - beautiful! Like a fairytale forest. I recognize plenty of those :)

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