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Forgot to mention-My profile picture next to this comment was taken in the Arizona high country and that's me holding a Boletus edulis (California king bolete).
Yes-some of the poisonous ones are very striking looking.
Another mushroom hunter here. It is very good advice to go mushroom hunting with someone who has been before in your area and not just rely on a field guide. They always look a little different in the wild. I have picked and eaten edible mushrooms in western Washington, Arizona and New York and am only confident in five different types currently-hat's off to cecconivet at 15-20! Mushroom collecting is an endangered skill, like flint knapping. In eastern and northern Europe, wild mushrooms have been responsible for keeping people from starving at different times in history.
I enjoy going out to find morrels, they are one of my favorite seasonal treats. We call them dry land fish where I'm from. Don't ask me where that name came from. I've always wondered that myself.
I'm not experienced enough to pick more than a few kinds of mushrooms,but find it interesting to try to identify different types with a field guide.
do not collect if you do not know, sometimes a little mistake mean to die. in 25 years of collecting mushrooms i take only 15-20 different kind
I'm no expert but,if you eat something in the wild that looks like that then you probably deserve to die.
I always wanted to go out and pick some shrooms but knew better. I noticed almost all of the photos were looking up at the bottom of the mushroom. When I see a mushroom I'm normally looking down at it. Was the lighting right, almost all looked snow white I guess I have to buy the DVD
It isn't spelled 'moral' mushroom, but morrel or morel mushroom. Not critiquing anybody's spelling; just want you to know what you are actually looking for. Mushrooms are a mixed bunch, some poisonous others not. Unless you are absolutely sure of your wild foods don't eat any; better safe than sorry or worse yet: dead.
in the field of biology all living things fall into either the Plant or Animal kingdom...EXCEPT for the fungi...makes you wonder huh?
I'll leave mushroom picking to the experts. Too many choices--too many of 'em wrong.
I went mushroom picking a couple days before this came out. I dint find any morals so I was sure my mushroom picking probly was done then. After reading this it sealed the deal I'm retired from mushroom picking after 1 trip!!!
Big O, would that be "the Beguiled" from about 1971?
Been years since I've even thought about that one.
Too many different species out there for someone to go out and harvest mushrooms that's an amateur.
Ever since I saw that Eastwood movie where they "poisoned" him with mushrooms I pass.
I do like "beef-wellington" though, Yea I know.
Funny thing is NONE of these even LOOK like a "moral".
Over the years, I have taken care of way too many people who have mistakenly eaten the wrong kind of mushrooms. Several cases stand out, a child who had seen his grandmother pick mushrooms at her house, picked some in his backyard. He was completely zoned out, staring off into space at God knows what kind of hallucinations, got shipped to the Children's Hospital. Another an elderly Asian lady picked some mushrooms that it was guessed reminded her of some in Vietnam. There were at least 5 people who died as a result of that mistake.
I love mushrooms, but I only eat what I buy in the store. That is one thing I will not forage for.
Taylor Lockwood's new dvd entitled, "The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly" is available at: www.kingdomoffungi.com
Amanita bisporigera or "The Death Angel"
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