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Re: Harvesting the Abhorts
    #14044 - 04/24/00 07:21 PM (16 years, 6 months ago)

How long have the "stunted little abhorts" been on the cakes? Are the stems beginning to change color or feel soft and squishy to the touch? If so, they've been on the cake too long, and you'll want to get them off of there and chunk 'em, especially if the pin-heads are black. If they're still healthy and it's obvious that they're just not going to grow,the way I do it is just take an exacto or razor knife and cut them off.

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Re: Harvesting the Abhorts
    #14046 - 04/24/00 07:31 PM (16 years, 6 months ago)

i dunno about chucking them. i'd keep them unless they're really black. i've eaten them with black heads before and they were still ok.

you use a razor? and special reason? i just twist and pull and they come off clean. doesn't using a razor leave a bit of shroom on the cake, where it can rot, and also leave a spot where the next flush won't grow? just wondering


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Re: Harvesting the Abhorts
    #14047 - 04/24/00 07:42 PM (16 years, 6 months ago)

Yeah, sometimes the razor is a little awkward, but the reason I use it (sterilized always) is to keep my hands off the mycelium as much as possible, and sometimes, the abhorts are too small to grab. Just little bitty no-growing nubs. I did have the leftover problem at first, but with practice, you can get it all off of there with a blade, sort of half cutting and half tearing it off the cake. What will happen if you leave a big blob of it is, shrooms will grow around it, but generally abhort themselves. At least that's the way it looks to me.

I have read that the black-pinned abhorts can make you ill, so I've never eaten them.


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