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  1. Mushroom Mountain sells Parasol spawn. I am not sure if they ship to Canada. Also as they are located in South Carolina, their spawn may be more suitable to warmer climates. However, London (Ontario, I presume) is reasonable mild compared to where I am. One person who lives close to me, does harvest huge Parasols, usually in early September. They grow on an very old (30+ year) abandoned manure and garden waste pile at the edge of an old hay field. They appeared there naturally. So Parasol type mushroom do grow in cold climates As far as I know, B. edulis has not been commercially pro
  2. Good article. Plus it gives an answer to why some mushrooms pick "clean" or "dirty". I cut or pick depending on predictable dirt load on the stem base. Boletes, chanterelles, hedgehogs all pick clean. Blewits, King Stropharia, Tipplers Bane and Lyophyllum all pick dirty with loads of dirt and organic material stuck to stem base so I cut them
  3. New Zealand so I have no experience on your species. But agree, they look like a coprinellus species. If I found those at the base of a dead tree, here in Ontario, I would call them Mica Caps. Confirm with a spore print.
  4. If it works please post it. That will likely be a year from now at the earliest. For several years, I have "planted" all pieces of mushroom that I deem to be not suitable for food--dried, soft, white worms, a bit rotten, etc. I give them a fast blitz in a blender with rain water. Then splash it either on the base of trees or over ground in the forested area behind my yard. Species include Oyster, Lobster, Chanterelles and many different Boletes. So far no success. Although last summer one single Lobster mushroom appeared where there never was any before but perhaps that wa
  5. Adam Haritan posted a You Tube video of finding and eating a species of "Stinkhorn Egg".
  6. Don't worry about the parts that the rodents have chewed. Many forest residents like Porcini as much as us. It all goes into the frying pan for me. They will be yummy.
  7. Suggest frying until cooked and then freezing. The texture is preserved that way and they won't turn mushy
  8. Agree with SVS. Looks like Flamulina--Enoki. But small LBM's on wood might be Galerina. I would have done a spore print to be sure it was not brown. Even then, I would want more confirmation of species ID before taking a bite.
  9. Looks like an oyster Growing out of the fractured margin of bark on a dead tree like usual
  10. Can you find a long stick and knock one off? Maybe they are Carbon Balls, Daldinia childiae
  11. It looks so much like a young button stage Amanita muscaria. Is there anything except location (Georgia and Pine trees) that would let you differentiate the two?
  12. Bad Advice 69. It is more a Vomiting Trip to meet Satan and his demons with +++abdominal pains and diarrhea. Plus an option to die if you eat too much.
  13. In North America there are zero toxic look alikes. Cut it up, fry it, delicious.
  14. Looks like an Oyster. Spore print, if you want to be cautious, is usually white, occasionally "lilac". Hard to imagine any other colour dropping off of pure white gills. The cultured vs. wild ones have different smells. But they are all delicious after frying. Late fall is great time to find one because they are less prone to insect infestation.
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