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Mushroom Collector....[WA]
    #11336280 - 10/28/09 04:34 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Not the best article, but click on the link and check out her last picture....

October 27th 2009 - Seattle PI Blog

I'll confess right now that I am no mushroom expert.

However, a love of mushrooms was implanted early. My mother, who grew up in Germany, told us many stories about her childhood during and after World War II. One of those was that after the war she was sent out to look for mushrooms as a necessity.

I am not sure if the necessity was generated by scant rations or the desire to get the children out of two very cramped rooms that were their post-war lodging. Anyway, mushroom picking, like berrying, is something I nostalgically associate with German forestry area, where there is a long-established tradition of public foraging. On private lands this is a well-guarded right, even in Sweden, where you may cross someone's land as long as you do not go within a certain distance of their house (Allemansr├Ątt) - but you do not have permission to pick their mushrooms!

Although here in the Pacific Northwest there seems to still be a strong hunter-gatherer tradition among both natives and more recent arrivals, and there are even professional foragers, it is not just a legal matter but good manners to check with a landowner before entering their land. Offering to share the bounty could be a good incentive. Public lands have some restrictions, and of course not overpicking or taking immature mushrooms is just good conservation sense in general.

The only wild mushroom I have ever personally picked and eaten is the Chanterelle. My sister and I discovered a treasure trove in the Rocky Mountains once and hauled them home, along with wild raspberries, for a truly memorable feast. We might not have waited to share them except that I wanted to have my mother validate them as Chanterelles, even though they are one of the easiest to identify.

So when I saw a blush of orange dots in the pasture at Cascade Gold, I had an extra spark of interest. Sadly, they were not Chanterelles in the field, but there was a good crop of white mushrooms all over.

Mushrooms feed on decaying matter in the soil, but their less visible portions, the network of mycorrhizae that reach through the soil and leaf litter, also break down organic matter into components that can be absorbed by tree roots. They have a symbiotic relationship with some plants and trees, growing directly on the roots as well. Some of the most beneficial species never fruit above ground.

There are a whole different set growing in my backyard at home, perhaps because I subscribe to the "leave the leaf litter" school of mulching.

There is no direct benefit to the horses from the mushrooms' fruiting bodies, but the pasture in general benefits from their presence. Just another reminder that a pasture is a living ecosystem, not just a big lawn.

I didn't pick any of them, but Cathy told me she had sampled one of the white ones, and it was extremely bland. I think I will leave them undisturbed to fulfil their mission of making more mushrooms and stick to collecting photographs of them

Personally, I love fungi for their varied forms and colors as much as for their taste,. but they are dangerous to me - less because I might eat a poisonous one, but because I might venture too far afield on my quest. A recent New York Times articlenby Ellen Barry (registration required) highlighted this danger in reports from Russia of mushroom hunters who were lost for days and even weeks in the woods (though it suggested one woman was just off having a little extramarital fun).

That phenomenon is not unknown here - this article,
How to safely hunt mushrooms in the pacific Northwest, suggests taking your dog along. Perhaps you have never experienced this "just one more" phenomenon when gathering, but I can easily understand how someone could get far off track.

Now, if your dog is a truffle hunter, there is a double reason to do bring them along. Ripley was only briefly interested in the field mushrooms, but ripe truffles give off a pheromone quite similar to some animal pheromones, particularly pig and dog.

Dex has the superior nose of the two dogs, able to detect the presence of hidden squeaky balls from great distances, but females are more responsive to truffles, as it is the male pheromones they resemble. Not to mention that he preferred staying on the driveway conserving energy and keeping his belly dry to mushroom hunting. < a href="http://www.natruffling.org/">The North American Truffling Society claims truffling with your dog is more ethical as you will only find and harvest the mature truffles which are already distributing spores, as opposed to using a rake.

Some training is required, though, and truffles are more abundant in Oregon.

So instead of launching a hunt, I spent the time removing mud from my horse instead. Tis the season!


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Re: Mushroom Collector....[WA] [Re: Twiztidsage]
    #11336417 - 10/28/09 05:43 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

She found Cyanescens and probably doesn't even know it...

Until she reads her blog comments.


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Re: Mushroom Collector....[WA] [Re: Twiztidsage]
    #11336752 - 10/28/09 09:27 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

Twiztidsage said:
She found Cyanescens and probably doesn't even know it...

Until she reads her blog comments.





hahaha, she doesn't know what she's missing


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Re: Mushroom Collector....[WA] [Re: shroomgatherer]
    #11337016 - 10/28/09 10:57 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Thats so funny that shes such an "expert" but doesnt have a clue those last ones are totally active! hahaha


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Re: Mushroom Collector....[WA] [Re: ShroomingChaos]
    #11338296 - 10/28/09 02:50 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

The first line is "I'll confess I'm no mushroom expert"....


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    #11338931 - 10/28/09 04:21 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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