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amanitas in the appalachians?
    #3404672 - 11/24/04 05:54 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

ok fellow shroomers, i am going out to the appalachian mountains in western maryland (garrett county) and i would like to pick and eat some shrooms while i'm there. i've heard that the only mushrooms that would be out in that area at this time are the amanita muscaria, or fly agaric. i know very little about this species other than they're pretty and they make reindeers fly. so is there any info like location, identification tips, etc, that you guys can help me out with? thank you much.


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Re: amanitas in the appalachians? [Re: llamaherder]
    #3405138 - 11/24/04 07:14 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

well its probably the easiest mushroom to identify. i dont think there are specific locations, you just have to hope you come across one....


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Re: amanitas in the appalachians? [Re: llamaherder]
    #3412833 - 11/26/04 05:38 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

i recomend google. you will be looking for A. muscaria var. formosa, the yellow-orange variant.

key features [assuming you've already keyed out the genus] include color, white patches from partial veil on the surface of the cap [usualy, these can be washed off by rain, etc.], prominent superior annulus [skirt-like, white] and volva [stipe base] being bulbous [not cup or sheath-like] and having nultiple ring-like strctures [may appear somewhat jagged and scaly] surrounding the volval base near the top of the bulb.

please google for infirmation, as you will want to be armed with as much info as you can find before you go picking amanitas for consumption.

that said, these are among the easiest of the amanitas to identify.

good luck and if in doubt, at the least you will have memories of some beautiful scenery and mushrooms to keep.


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Re: amanitas in the appalachians? [Re: canid]
    #3413090 - 11/26/04 06:49 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

one of the features i think helps IDing the most is taste/smell.

Amanita muscaria tastes exactly like chicken (no joke), which is a dead giveaway, no other shroom that looks like the muscaria tastes anything like chicken. just bite a piece off and chew it up (DONT SWALLOW!), if it tastes like chicken, then you probably have a positive ID. sometimes a muscaria will only taste faintly of chicken, which is usually attributed to the fruit being waterlogged.
dried out muscarias usually taste more like peanuts than chicken, but only very dry specimens.

Amanita citrina, a similar mushroom, smells strongly of raw potatoes at the stem. also, Amanita citrina has a hollow stem, muscarias generally don't (but sometimes do)


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Re: amanitas in the appalachians? [Re: Lysergic_Milkman]
    #3413096 - 11/26/04 06:51 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

and watch out for maggots by the way...
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