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  1. rob


    Thanks Dave!. Appears that I was hasty on the cons and not the pros. Just wanted to make sure a new poster understood the potential risks and forgot to encourage the excitement of a great find.
  2. rob


    Yes, that is a morel. Quick caution, however. They seem to be in a cultivated area. Before eating any mushroom it's best to ensure that herbicides/pesticides weren't used in the area. I believe some of the morel varieties can be found in bark mulch, perhaps transferred from another area. Just a word of caution. Great find. Below freezing and snowing here!
  3. Bowguy, for some reason your question stuck in my head. I do recall a similar conversation, here or on another site, that dealt with spores. This topic, as I recall, dealt with stomping on dried puffballs (probably scleroderma citrinum) while picking blueberries. I believe this resulted in gastric upset from the spores drifting onto the harvested blueberries. This was some time back and I think I recall the circumstance correctly. Anyhow just wanted to follow up as your question was rolling around in the back of my head.
  4. WHAT! a mushroom falls in your pocket? I carry a firearm, with a dog, most of the fall and it's seldom I see a conservation officer. If one was to "accidentally" have a fruiting body (much like a tree fruit) fall into ones pocket I don't feel the ecosystem would be disturbed 😁
  5. Never a bad idea to carry separate paper bags. Any occasion that you are sceptical or want to to bring a find back to i.d. it's best to isolate them from known edibles. As far as proximity; I honestly don't know. Sure, I have picked up toxic mushrooms and had them together along with edibles. Always separated them, at home, and never had any ill effects. I'd guess the greatest danger would be from a broken piece being mixed in, Hopefully Dave can give an answer regarding the potential spore danger. Again, always a good idea to separate finds.
  6. Deer certainly eat fall oysters. Saw a nice cluster, I planned on harvesting, one morning by the the afternoon they were chewed to the trunk. Deer one me zero as I was hunting them at the time. No deer no oysters; mother nature wins again!
  7. They also dry quite well, better than the regular chanterelles.
  8. rob

    Austroboletus gracilis??

    I've always found ab gracilis with hemlock and with a far longer and narrower stipe.
  9. rob

    Illness from Maitake

    This topic has come up several times, with various mushrooms. For me it's certain leccinums. I think I've isolated too those associated with aspen. Fresh the afor mentioned gastric distress but when dried no issues occur. Alcohol may contribute to the problem but doesn't seem to be an issue with other fungi. Possibly just a simple body reaction from person to person, hence the "try only a small amount the first time" warning for all wild mushrooms.
  10. rob

    Bolete beginnings...

    In black and white with rabbit ears on top of the T.V.?
  11. rob

    Bolete beginnings...

    Possibly the late Steve Irwin..".Look at this beauty!"
  12. I've dehydrated these late giants with good results. As long as they're not slimy or have an off odour, I'll take and dry these semi-dried late season finds.
  13. rob

    umbrella polypore?

    I concur both on the amount and that they,re tasty.
  14. rob

    Puffball color

    It would help if you could identify which exact puffball species that you're referring too. Direct sun or lack of moisture, along with age, will often result in changes to the colour of mushrooms. Various "puffball" species aren't snow white to begin with, so a few pics or an identification would allow a better response. ASSUMING that you ; a: actually have correctly identified a "puffball", b: it is in a location free of pesticides/herbicides an outer browning and white interior would indicate it's edible. Are these the same as the ones in the i.d. forum? If so I'd think that the browning is due to sun or age. If they're still white and firm inside they should be good.
  15. rob


    Look like g. tsugae, so probably a hemlock instead of a pine. I believe there is a discussion on making a tincture from these in the medicinal mushroom forum.