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How to IDENTIFY WILD MUSHROOMS without a FIELD GUIDE! A personal account..

 
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Just flick them and if they turn blue they're good to eat. tounge
Thats what I do and it works every time!
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most edible boletes do that, but there are other not-so-edibles which do that too.
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Wrong. Only hallucinogen do that.
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bullshit. all edible boletes turn blue when you touch the underside of the cap, or the flesh (after cutting).
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11/11/2012 10:37 PM
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Just flick them and if they turn blue they're good to eat. tounge
Thats what I do and it works every time!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13148801

most edible boletes do that, but there are other not-so-edibles which do that too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15782258


Wrong. Only hallucinogen do that.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13148801

bullshit. all edible boletes turn blue when you touch the underside of the cap, or the flesh (after cutting).
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15782258


I find this all very amusing, because here the bolete "rule" is don't eat the red-pored ones, and don't eat the ones that bruise blue!

Take away: if you know mushrooms in one place, don't assume you know them in another (cf paddy straw/destroying angel confusion for another example of that...)
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11/11/2012 10:41 PM

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My Lab bobs for turds in the cat's litter box. That doesn't make them edible for us!
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11/11/2012 10:52 PM
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Ah ha! Just googled animals that eat poisonous mushrooms and it mentioned deer and rabbits.
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Also sqirrels and chipmunks can eat poisonous mushrooms, I have a few kinds of 'shrooms I will eat, and I leave the rest alone.
Wild Weasels? You've got to be shitting me!
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what if besides the table you had found a dead animal?
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too risky. thanks but no thanks. will plink a couple of birds, a few squirrels, some dandelion greens and purslane. some fresh caught brim cooked over a hardwood fire would be good too washed down with some spruce tip tea.
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most edible boletes do that, but there are other not-so-edibles which do that too.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15782258


Wrong. Only hallucinogen do that.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13148801

bullshit. all edible boletes turn blue when you touch the underside of the cap, or the flesh (after cutting).
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15782258


I find this all very amusing, because here the bolete "rule" is don't eat the red-pored ones, and don't eat the ones that bruise blue!

Take away: if you know mushrooms in one place, don't assume you know them in another (cf paddy straw/destroying angel confusion for another example of that...)
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Blue-staining suillus is edible, just not that great to eat, kinda bland.
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Blue-staining suillus is edible, just not that great to eat, kinda bland.
 Quoting: weasel keeper

interesting; didn't know about these. i think i've been mixing these up with pine boletes.
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Blue-staining suillus is edible, just not that great to eat, kinda bland.
 Quoting: weasel keeper

interesting; didn't know about these. i think i've been mixing these up with pine boletes.
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Yes, those don't follow the "rule," heh. Further demonstrating the uselessness of the general rule approach to edible mushroom identification.

According to Arora they may taste better dried, "like tootsie rolls." I dried some this summer and haven't eaten any yet but they do have a sweet/caramelly aroma.
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i have been comparing this afternoon; what i find a lot are pine boletes, the stem is distinctly different.
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Personally, I think that it would be safer to do a little internet research or borrow a book about mushrooms from your local library.
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I agree with you.
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Re: How to IDENTIFY WILD MUSHROOMS without a FIELD GUIDE! A personal account..
Amateurs take a big risk when they harvest wild mushrooms, especially when they serve the fungi to others, said Casey Jonquil, owner of Alpine Foragers in Portland, Ore., who certifies and sells up to 8,000 pounds of wild mushrooms a day. "You just don't do that."

Read more: [link to www.foxnews.com]
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i'd say thats rather primitive and stupid. Firstly human chemistry is different to the critters, especially the neuro chemistry for the psychedelic affects of mushrooms.
Also a field guide not only tells you which are eddible but how good they will taste. Edibility and good taste do not go hand in hand.

Also there may be more species of poisons mushroom that you missed, that you might falsely assume is edible because its not a poisons one you memorized from the first batch.
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It is kind of a moot point. Poisonous.. non-poisonous.

All mushrooms soak up cesium like a sponge in a puddle...

Best to grow them yourself in a burlap sack in the basement or a closet.
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All mushrooms soak up cesium like a sponge in a puddle...
 Quoting: Waterbug

true, and they absorb heavy metals from the ground.

Best to grow them yourself in a burlap sack in the basement or a closet.
 Quoting: Waterbug

good luck trying that with symbiotes...
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I watch my chickens when they freerange to determine which plants I have in my yard are edible. I figure if they can digest it, I can too.
 Quoting: TheBiss


that's crazy talk. chickens eat plenty of stuff that you shouldn't or wouldn't eat.
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Great Topic! Thanx!
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My Lab bobs for turds in the cat's litter box. That doesn't make them edible for us!
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rofl
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[link to www.garden.org]

[snip]

A better option is to grow your own. Commercial growers have responded to consumers' love of fresh gourmet mushrooms by introducing kits that produce gourmet mushrooms in no time. Although you won't get an unlimited supply, in a few weeks you'll be eating fresh homegrown mushrooms.

Experimenting with these kits ($20 to $30) is a good way to find out if you want to dive deeper into mushroom growing. If you do get hooked on gourmet mushrooms, you can move on to the next stage: inoculating logs with mushroom spores to gain years of continuous supply growing in your basement or backyard.

Mushrooms 101

Although mushrooms are fungi, the edible part is considered a fruiting body. Mushrooms reproduce by spores, which germinate into white masses called mycelia. To grow, mushrooms need a clean food source such as compost, sawdust, straw, or wood that is free from competing microorganisms. Commercial growers inoculate their medium with pure mycelia grown on spawn (mushroom growers' equivalent of a mushroom seed). The mycelia require temperatures of 70oF to 80oF, a moist medium, and high humidity. Once the mycelia have spread throughout the medium, fruiting will begin as small protrusions called pins. Within a few days, the pins mature into the species of mushroom you're growing. Mushrooms need to be checked daily at this point, since the best flavor and texture are found when the mushroom caps are open, but not fully unfurled and flat.
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One of the great features of living in the Czech Republic is the mushroom culture. Our children started taking field trips in kindergarten to identify mushrooms and there are probably over 50 classic recipes using them. Some of the best boletus grow right outside our door in the garden. We have so many that we usually have 4 or 5 dried kilos left over for winter use.
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Mushrooms should be avoided now - all of them.

They are very good at picking up metals and right now, that means radioactive cesium, strontium, cobalt.... get it?

Also, you don't get "sick" from the wrong mushroom, you die. Every time.
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You can buy small logs preinnoculated with edible mushroom spores and grow your own. I have bought from these 2 sources before and had nice crops of 'shrooms.
 Quoting: Ralph--a house dog

buying plugs with spores, or preinnoculated logs, is easy and safe. but the best-tasting mushrooms can't be grown like that...
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Stick every one you see in your mouth. The ones that taste like burning are bad; the ones that are tasty are good. grinning
 Quoting: Generation Doom


Is that really true? That would be a good guide. Does anyone really know? I think that when things stink,it's a warning to us to get away from it.
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Stick every one you see in your mouth. The ones that taste like burning are bad; the ones that are tasty are good. grinning
 Quoting: Generation Doom

Is that really true? That would be a good guide. Does anyone really know? I think that when things stink,it's a warning to us to get away from it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16368960

i don't know if you are serious. but please do not try a mushroom by tasting it.

the following 'works' for plants, mushrooms, ... : if in doubt, rub it between your fingers and wait a few hours for a reaction. if nothing unusual happened, cut it open and rub a bit on your arm, and wait a few hours. if nothing happened, try it on your lip. if, the next day, you have no unusual reactions, try it on your tongue. if nothing happens after a while, try eating a tiny little bit. wait at least a day to see what kind of reaction your body has.