Mushroom Tree-eats

20 Oct

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On my way back from a conifer forest I happen to notice the above hardwood trunk with the nice woodpecker holes which seem to be calling me to come and explore this area of the Caledonia Mountain for some tree mushrooms.

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Well the first few steps down the steep hill turned up some Sarcomyxa serotina ( Late Fall Oyster mushrooms) on a bumpy old beech tree, these mushrooms are edible but let us move on now as we will return this way in a while and may gather some at that time.

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I continue on a calm and pleasant walk down the hill probably 10 minutes not noticing any mushrooms of edible interest possibly due to the thick blanket of leaves covering the ground and the trees were not producing either so it was time to move over a few hundred feet and head back up to the top. Now on this new route I do notice the above tree which looks to have some large mushrooms on it from this distance.

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Ah, some large and fresh young caps of Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster mushrooms).

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This one tree trunk has 6 clusters on it and I don’t even need to use my tent pole to dislodge them, a very generous gift giving me 10 extra lbs to carry back up this hill which is all part of the fun in these natural workouts.

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Up hill a bit more and there a hundred plus feet away another tree with oyster-like mushrooms on the mid trunk and also 2 different polypore mushrooms below and above. This one turned out to be Sarcomyxa serotina again, I didn’t gather any of these today though I have an interest in this mushroom as a potential medicinal tea mushroom, it is also known as (Mukitake).

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Thanks to this hardwood forest in the Caledonia Mountains of New Brunswick for its hospitality today. ciao

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