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Black Trumpets

14 Sep

These mushrooms would be easy to see if your ankles had eyes. I walked through areas like this one for several decades never stopping & stooping low enough to spot them. Here are a few on the table for a closer view.

Speaking of spots the below photo is going out to all you polka dot fans out there, these ones are not so hard to see, you see.

Umbrella Polypore Time

7 Jul

In many parts of the northern hemisphere folks find the rare Umbrella Polypore in late spring or fall. Here in the Maritimes I have only found & gathered them in July which is when they are not suppose to appear.

This is a choice edible mushroom which is associated with beech trees, though the closest trees to this one were poplar, birch and hemlock.

Boletus chippewaensis

2 Jul

Looking like the summer of 2021 could be a very good time for Maritime mushrooms.

Here we will view a few Boletus chippewaensis which are one of our best edible mushrooms.

The stems can be quite long on these mushroom which is great as this is an excellent part of the mushroom to eat.

These mushrooms standout in the forest so you can see them from a good distance.

A mature one which you may want to approach as buttons may be in the surrounding area.

Caps can be light to reddish brown.

I most wanted to share the mushrooms, but without the forest floor and trees I couldn’t tell much so take an extra moment to check them out. These mushrooms show up best in this type of layout.

Moss, conifers, poplar, birch with plenty of breathing room between the trees, a pleasant place to be.

Fav Fall Fungi Fotos

13 Oct

A few mushroom photos to share with you today. These are the ones I found most joyous to stumbled upon in my local adventures this fall. The group contains a mix of maritime edibles and medicinals.

Pleurotus dryinus
Pleurotus ostreatus
Hericium americanum
King Bolete
Suillus glandulosus & Gomphidius glutinosus ( remove cap cuticle before cooking)
Birch Polypore
Chaga & selfie

Long live impermanence, a phrase made popular by thich nhat hanh and very effectively emphasized by seeing my fungi friends today, this was running through my thoughtscape on the drive home and yes we wouldn’t get to enjoy anything in this life if we were not living in this constant state of change. Many of my fellow wild food foragers are very aware there is much more to this activity then just gathering things to consume, happy trails.🦉

MARI(matsutake)TIME 3

16 Oct

Last post on Matsutake for 2018 is on the not so obvious Maritime matsutake appearing in wet areas sometimes with what seems young spread out conifers or possibly older stunted trees with abundant acidic loving shrubs.

You have to wander around and look close to find these ones. Oh, I see some light sandy brown in there.

Now bend down.

It takes someone who is not in much of rush to enjoy gathering these lovely Maritime Matsutake in knee to waist high shrubby areas, great fun for some of us though. Ciao

MARI(matsutake)TIME 2

15 Oct

Different Maritime forest terrain then the last post, but under this mixed forest we have once again some nice Matsutake mushrooms.

I like this photo as much of the mushroom caps are covered on all 3 of these mushrooms yet from 30 meters you know its Matsutake by the size of the rounded cap and the way the cap has a subtle illumination cloudy or sunny its there.

Here we see on the right half some fully open Matsutake the gills on these ones will be turning brown soon. The mushroom you see flip over gills up is a huge one measuring 28 cm across and weighing 1 1/2 lbs, oh what a tasty Matsutake it was.

MARI(matsutake)TIME

13 Oct

A few photos to share on my favorite fall Tricholoma mushrooms, the matsutake.

Great year thus far for T magnivelare and T ducliolens:)

Fall is forest fungi time

8 Oct

Quick post on a few of the most interesting (to me) wild mushrooms I gathered today in my neck of woods near Moncton NB. Busy foraging these days so not much identification details to pass along, I’m basically just showing off my good fortune by laying these natural wonders out for you to see in a timely fashion with their names listed below. You will need to enlarge to get a slightly better look at the individual mushrooms in this not so great photo. The wild mushrooms available in the Fall can vary greatly from day to day so next week could feature 12 different quality edible mushrooms quite easily. Enjoy your Fall foraging but be careful out there, a lot of larger creatures are on the move and some of them have arms 🙂

1 o’clock – Catathelasma imperiale

2 o’clock – Catathelasma ventricosum

3 o’clock – Ramaria rubripermanens

4 o’clock – Clitopilus prunulus

5 o’clock – Tricholoma dulciolens

6 o’clock – Hedgehog mushroom

7 o’clock – Entoloma abortivum

8 o’clock – Honey mushroom

9 o’clock – Hericium americanum

10 o’clock – Lobster mushroom

11 o’clock – Suillus glandulosus

12 o’clock – Hypsizygus tessulatus

If you like you may take a wild guess on the identity of some of the small wild mushrooms in the center of the clock. ciao

Real good Ramaria

16 Sep

Here is a look at a young Ramaria rubripermanens with very bright colored branch tips. This is our Maritime version of the Clustered Coral mushroom and is now one of my favorite mushrooms for eating and is rated as a choice edible for good reason.

Slightly older mushroom with branches extending some and the tips are fading a bit.

Days later the branches can be antler-like and the tips more faded.

Mature Ramaria rubripermanens are much more difficult to identify if there are no young mushrooms also present beside them. One clue that you are gathering R rubripermanens on older faded out mushrooms is the (base) of the mushroom often have some bright red coloring on both young and older mushrooms. We do have a few other Ramaria in the Maritime provinces with some of them having questionable edibility so gather your big coral mushrooms with care.

They can be quite large.

Closer look, some claim only the young mushrooms are good eating, I don’t notice much difference in taste between young and mature R rubripermanens, you do need to make sure the base and branch flesh is solid, white in color and not watery or mushy.

These mushrooms can be rare in many areas in the world so if you have some around you can count yourself fortunate. This mushroom is being studied these days for it’s antimicrobial properties and may become more known as an important medicinal mushroom to go along with being also a choice wild edible mushroom, kind of a nice combo:)

The Blusher Mushroom

28 Jul

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Amanita amerirubescens, not an edible mushroom for beginners. The European Blusher contain a hemolytic protein which can be removed by thorough cooking, in some places they boil and then fry blushers before eating them. Word isn’t out on whether some of the possibly many different North American Blushers have a hemolytic protein in them.

The Blusher is a member of the Amanita family which is famous for having many deadly poisonous mushrooms. We have a few of these nasty though quite visually striking mushrooms right here in New Brunswick, so you definitely do not want to gather any of these by mistake.

Another reason for concern with our Blusher mushroom is the very similar Yellow Blusher, Amanita flavorubens which is of (unknown edibility) and could easily lead folks astray.

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Here is another issue to keep you away, Blushers and some other Amanita mushrooms are often parasitized by Hypomyces hyalinus which is a relative of the lobster mushroom. See the mushrooms on the right these are often growing right beside or amongst what appears to be uninfected Blushers.

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The edibility of Hypomyces hyalinus remains a mystery at this point in history. When they parasitize Blushers usually they still blush at the base but not always. Another reason to stay clear of partial or fully parasitized Blusher mushrooms in New Brunswick. Like I said at the beginning the Blusher is not an edible mushroom for beginners or even folks who have foraged mushrooms for many years. Lots of much easier mushroom for the table around, though I do admit to finding these an interesting mushroom.