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About DufferinShroomer

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  1. This is a pic of the first Leucopaxillus I ever encountered. It was in a stand of pure spruce. The ring was sort of spectacular. It was too big to get the whole of it clearly in one photo but it did make a complete circle. I dont often see many species form a well defined ring and I wonder if a tendency to fruit in a well defined ring can be used as an identification point with any sort of reliability.
  2. Usually when I see a big ring of white mushrooms in the forest my first thought is Leucopaxillus albissimus and that might well be what you have here. https://www.mushroomexpert.com/leucopaxillus_albissimus.html
  3. Be careful eating these. There is an abortive Tricholoma that looks very similar but which is larger and my understanding is that the tricholoma is not an edible.
  4. I feel better about calling something agaricus if I can see a ring. Not sure if Im seeing a ring in these photos.
  5. Thanks Dave, The season here in Ontario looks to be developing about a week later than historical averages. I still have some snow on my lawn and the ground is frozen solid.
  6. It appears that Chris Matherly's site (morelmushroomhunting.com) no longer exists. Has anyone found another site with a map that is being actively updated?
  7. I want to add that what you are doing is brilliant. A well done drawing is much better than a photo because with a drawing you can emphasize key identification features that dont show very well in a photo. Drawing the mushroom and making your own field notes will also help you to remember it over time. Dont stop keeping the work up to date. I know 2 people who have been doing this for years and their collection of work is just stunning and it is incredibly useful when it comes to making an identification. Interestingly, when I get into an identification discussion with one of them with a mushroom in front of us I am always impressed by the number of important features they can point to which help nail the idea. Remember that you dont have to draw 300 mushrooms the first year and it will be better to take your time and get it right. Sadly I cant draw a straight line with a ruler or I would have started doing this years ago.
  8. I have not heard of any safety issues with the brown capped scabers. A few years ago someone died after eating what I believe was a mixed bag of mushrooms and the guy who looked into the event concluded that the culprit might well have been an orange capped scaber. There was some discussion about it here and you may be able to find that with a site search. The guy who pointed the finger at the orange scaber was from Cornell and his credentials were solid enough to cause a lot of people to re-think eating the orange ones. If you search cornell mushroom blog you might find considerable discussion on the subject. I also have heard that the orange ones have caused problems in Colorado but I havent read anything scientific about that. Where I live in Ontario folks (especially Euros) collect all scabers by the bucketful with no apparent ill effects but I have no information on how they cook them. My own personal approach is that I dont need to eat every mushroom I find. If a mushroom has a dodgy reputation I simply dont eat it and I dont need a mountain of scientific data to back up that decision. I put the orange scabers in the dont eat category. There is a good chance I am missing out on a good edible but I simply dont care, Im not eating anything with a dodgy reputation.
  9. If you find a good patch of these in a spot where nobody else is likely to pick them you can sort of farm them. The caps will grow to a bit more than an inch across and if you harvest only the biggest of them the rest will continue to grow if conditions are right. I once milked a patch doing that for a period of 3 weeks and I harvested thousands. The interesting thing is that if you leave the small ones even if someone finds the patch they will likely leave it alone because there are only the small ones there. My best haul was 700+ in one picking. Slow work though.
  10. The very best course of action is to join the Mycological Society of Toronto www.myctor.org .They will ding you 30 bucks for a family membership and it is worth every penny. Their main deal for beginners are the organized forays which run spring and fall and are open to members. At a foray the group meets at 9:30 am and everyone heads out into the woods to collect as many different species as they can find (and if you find a whack of edibles you have supper). The group returns to the starting point at 12 or 1 PM with their catch and everyone's finds are spread out on tables where each species in turn is identified. You get to ask questions, talk about look-alikes and handle the mushrooms. If you were shrewd enough to hook up with an experienced person when you started into the woods you can get some in the woods lessons. The fall series of forays starts around the beginning of September and there will be forays almost every Saturday and Sunday until usually the end of October. The club also hosts identification courses and meetings with guest mushroom speakers. This is a really good deal for anyone beginning with mushrooms. They also run a spring series of forays but the truth is that the spring forays are pretty much just morel hunts. How many species get found on a typical fall foray? I have seen the group bring back 150 different species in 3 hours and they rarely find fewer than 60. This club also generally has one summer foray that happens in July and is generally not well advertised. See if you can track down the foray director and ask if there will be a summer foray in the next week or so.
  11. I would toss Clitocybe subconnexa onto the table as a guess.
  12. Indigo lactarius is fairly common where I live in Ontario. I quite like the flavor and texture of these although the flavor is a bit mild and an Asian stirfry will overpower them. One issue we have with them here which may or may not be an issue where you live is bugs. Here we have a very tiny white worm that eats its way into the stem in large numbers and then quickly eats its way up the stem into the cap. The quick way to tell if the specimen is infested is to look at the base of the stem where you cut it when harvesting and if you see a bunch of tiny holes you can be pretty sure they were made by larva eating their way up the stem. I have seen these larva infest even buttons that were not yet fully out of the ground. The good news is that as summer progresses the bugs become less and less of a problem and by September it is rare to find a buggy one. This is tasty mushroom with an excellent firm texture that will stand up to all sorts of abuse. And yes, as Tasso said a bit of blue color will leach out during cooking and will turn your scrambled eggs green.
  13. The cap of that mushroom looks dirty. Did you brush dirt off it before you took the photo? To me it resembles Agaricus bitorquis aka the sidewalk mushroom. Once you are certain a mushroom is in fact an agaricus the way to tell if it is a bitorquis is to look at the ring around the stem. The bitorquis is a bit unique in that the edge of the ring closest to the cap is a bit loose and raised and so is the edge that is closest to the ground, so both edges are raised up a bit. Actually the name bitorquis loosely translates to 2 collars which refers to the double raised feature. Many Agaricus emerge cleanly and show a nice clean white cap. Not so with bitorquis, which only barely fully emerges and seeing quite a bit of dirt on the cap is normal. They are called sidewalk mushrooms because they have a real affinity for hard packed soil. I have seen them fruit in the middle of a hard packed gravel road and there are reports of them pushing up through asphalt. I have a nice little patch that fruits right beside my gravel driveway every year and gives me a half dozen really tasty mushrooms. Here is a vid I made beside the driveway: and here is a link to a text description: http://urbanmushrooms.com/index.php?id=19 Of course none of this means your mushroom was a bitorquis but from the photo Im leaning that way.
  14. Dave feel free to modify it in any way you choose. What I posted wasnt any sort of attempt to make any sort of definitive statement about anything really. Sometimes I get nervous about folks who want to charge off into the woods and eat everything they see and I get the urge to post up a caution. I agree with everyone who has suggested that the site should have at least one firm warning about the potential dangers of eating wild mushrooms and if somebody wants to use what I wrote as a starting point for that and borrow from it then I say go for it.
  15. Here ya go: http://www.morelmushroomhunting.com/morel-progression-sightings-map/ Scroll down past the photos to find the map. Mr. Matherly appears to update the map every few days so it provides a good idea of where morels are actually being found. The finds generally progress northward at the rate of about 100 miles per week depending on weather and left leaning politicians. Has to be a pile of effort to keep the map current and we should be thankful he provides the service.
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