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Offlinecprasky
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Greetings
    #377147 - 08/23/01 04:20 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Just wanted to to say hello to everyone. I have been mushroom hunting for about two years now, still haven't had enough confidence to eat anything I've found yet. Well, I would have eaten the Japanese Umbrella Inkys I found in my yard the other day, but they shrivelled up fairly early on, so I have to wait on that.

I am interested in mushrooms just for eating as well as the psychoactive ones. The chief of the last that I will be seelking is the blue-foot psilocybe, but it seems a bit hard to track down. I was dissapointed to find that my state, Virginia, is not not listed in the "mapping the Mycellnial Network" section. Am I the first Virginian to come here, or what?

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Re: Greetings [Re: cprasky]
    #377438 - 08/24/01 01:01 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Welcome aboard! Hope you find this site at least occasionally semi-useful.

Glad you are taking a broad-minded approach to mushroom hunting. There should be PLENTY of good edibles in Virginia. Agaricus species in the grasslands, Boletus in the Pine forests, probably many others. You will want to get some good books--the Audubon guide & Arora's "Mushrooms Demystified"--to help you identify what you find.

As for psychoactives, well, that's a tough one. You're kinda too far north for cubensis, too far south for semilanceata. But I'd be surprised if Panaeolus subbalteatus did not grow somewhere in your area--check rotten haystacks & manure/ straw compost windrows during warm wet weather.

Besta luck!




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Re: Greetings [Re: Woodsman]
    #377466 - 08/24/01 01:47 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Hey thanks for the welcome. I have found at least a couple of edibles around here, though I have been exercising extreme caution because I have no intention of succumbing to an acute case of roomus igloomus. I once found a fawn mushroom growing out of a tree stump in downtown Norfolk, of all places, but it was rather too mature to eat, and the Audubon guide (which I already have) indicated it as a mediocre edible anyway. The one edible I am most eager to try is the horse mushroom (Agaricus arvensis) because I used to see it frequently before I got the book. Since then, haven't seen a single one though.

Once, when I was working as a medical courier and was parked in a hospital parking lot, I found a whole bunch of Psathyrella foenescii, which the Guide rates as edible, maybe hallucinogenic in large quantities. But, by the time I finished looking it up in the book and was about to gather some, the hospital's landscaper was spraying the find with an evil-looking blue fluid. Ah well. I am confident enough now that I can identify a couple of edibles that I am determined to eat some of them this fall.

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Re: Greetings [Re: cprasky]
    #377479 - 08/24/01 02:07 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

The only good edible that i have positively learned to identify is an Agaric nicknamed "Meadow Mushroom".

Ive never eaten them before but from what ive heard they taste sorta good?
Another part of the reason i havent eaten them is because a large percentage of the meadowmushrooms i have found usually had Ants in the gills.. Ants seem to like building their nests near those mushrooms. Fire Ants Too. so yeah on several occassions picking the meadow mushroom i ended up with a arm full of fire ant poison.

Should i ever find a very healthy clean patch of meadow mushrooms, i would maybe take them home to eat.

There is at least one look alike mushroom of the meadow mushroom.. its gills are usually darker brown, compaired to the meadow mushrooms fresh pinkish gills

Another good edible (though ive never eaten them) is the Parasol mushroom. I have found them before but i would recommend reading up on all of its look alikes. Persay, Morgans Green Gilled mushroom is poisonous and resembles the Parasol in many ways,

another choice is Morel mushrooms.

goodluck



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Re: Greetings [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #377698 - 08/24/01 11:19 AM (15 years, 8 months ago)

Hello, cprasky. Glad to see you around here!
Oh yes, Morels! The tastiest thing on the planet. I used to pick those in Missouri, before moving to WA. Since the move and two Springs, nada! I missed out on a trash bag full of 'em that someone picked around here last Spring. Man, I got a few calls on my answering machine, but they explain why they were calling until I called back and the morels were gone! :(
Anyway, Chanterelles are also very tasty. The oyster mushroom is a good one, too. The agarics are good, but I'd just as soon buy them from Safeway. I did not like the Shaggy Mane.
Also, Pan Foen. is edible, but yuck! Also, will not be hallucinogenic in any way.
Anyhow, Stay cool and Welcome!-Levi7.



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Re: Greetings [Re: GGreatOne234]
    #377719 - 08/24/01 12:15 PM (15 years, 8 months ago)

You mentioned Morgan's green gilled mushroom. This is the same as the green-spored lepiota, isn't it? The GS lepiota was the very first mushroom I was absolutely sure I had identified correctly. However, when I came to the range info, it said "Florida to California, reported in New York, New Jersey and Michigan." This did not seem to indicate that Virginia was in its reported range, yet the mushroom I had might just as well have used for the photo in the book, and it gave a green spore print. Does it often happen that the range info in the guide seems to conflict with your ID?

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