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OfflineMrjack
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Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms
    #15072901 - 09/13/11 02:50 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

I dried out about 20 mushrooms I picked today (crap find I know) under a lamp, and I noticed about 7 little white maggots just under half a cm long in the container with them. The mushrooms looked fine when I picked them, with the exception of one that I threw away due to bite marks in it. I've checked each one now they're dry and they're maggot free. Is it safe to eat these? I remember last year I found one in a batch I was about to eat, but I brushed it off and hoped for the best, but now there's more than one it worries me slightly.


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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: Mrjack]
    #15072919 - 09/13/11 02:53 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

:popcorn:

I have seen them with maggots too. Not very appetizing. I just found some, and got a sporeprint overnight for an ID, and it was infested with hairy maggots.


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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: El Douche]
    #15072996 - 09/13/11 03:11 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

The maggots come out when you dry them, or at least many do. I don't know if any get trapped by the shrinking mushroom. Check out my post I made last night. Maggots liquified a Pluteus I found. :eek: Most mushrooms I find have some living creatures in them, but they are small. I wouldn't go looking for them if I were you.

Edit: I forgot to say just eat them too. You know they stole some of your magic right?  :bigjoint:


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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: frenchtoaststix]
    #15073112 - 09/13/11 03:39 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

Haha, thanks for the info. I just wonder how the little bastards found them before I did!


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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: Mrjack]
    #15073653 - 09/13/11 05:22 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

We call them Added Protein


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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: HarryL]
    #15073663 - 09/13/11 05:24 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

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We call them Added Protein



Yep and as long as I dont see any after I am done picking and cleaning the shrooms I dont mind.  I do try trimming back the stem however if their are lots of holes through it.


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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: Fungi01]
    #15074400 - 09/13/11 08:05 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

If you ever hunt oyster mushrooms... There is a little beetle you need to wash out of the gills... Don't need a 'pop' sound while eating them....

Probably one of those things we don't want to know, how many bugs we eat...


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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: HarryL]
    #15074953 - 09/13/11 09:58 PM (2 years, 11 months ago)

Lol, I agree with the added protein statement, doesn't bother me one bit.............just as long as no squishy guts remain... 

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Re: Little grubs/ maggots in mushrooms [Re: HarryL]
    #15076048 - 09/14/11 01:36 AM (2 years, 11 months ago)

The bugs themselves are, of course, actually good for you. High in protein, low in fat. Most of the peoples of the world eat insects, as protein is often difficult to get enough of.

The bad part is that, as they tunnel through the mushroom, they're leaving shit behind. The issue with eating shit (aside from the disgust factor) is actually the pathogenic bacteria that are often in it. And the maggot shit often contains exactly the same pathogenic bacteria that are often found in human shit.

As long as there isn't very much shit, your immune system will generally handle things without any problems. If there are a lot of tunnels, the balance can shift toward the bacteria. Washing and cooking mushrooms will help eliminate the shit and bacteria (and maggots).

The rule I follow is to ask myself if I'd eat a regular fruit or vegetable that's in that shape. If I see one or two small tunnels in something, it's not really a big deal. If there are lots of tunnels, or it's starting to look like it's rotting, time to throw it out. Food poisoning sucks.

Just use common sense while looking at them, and don't allow yourself to become desperate to justify eating them no matter what. If you've found some good ones, you'll find more. With practice, you'll get better and better at finding them.


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