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i live in connecticut, and this past june, a friend crumbled up a mazatapec cake and dissersed it in an underground cubby hole where he thought the humidity would be high, and excessive rain/foraging would not be a problem. other bits were dispersed under overhanging rock edges for protection and maximum heat. The friend returned to this spot, after a warm humid, though somewhat dry summer today to look around. This spot is right near a river, moist, and has a plethora of mushrooms, really a great sight, of every size, contour, color, and dispersion imaginable. Now this friend looked in his little rabbit's den, but could find no sign of growth. In other areas, he detected strong mycelial networks out of which sprung some short, flat topped shrooms. Some of these were blue on top. Most he would describe as purplish, rather than blue. One had a wide flat cap with a maz-colorish top and an all purple stem. These shrooms were not in the exact location where he dispersed the cake (he's not sure exactly where). Anyhow, these blue/purplish shrooms were scattered and amidst, like I said, a virtually enormous variety and extent of other shrooms. should my friend give these a shot? he was also told that if you place a small piece under the tongue and there is no burning or reaction within an hour, that the shroom is probably ok, and to continue taking small nibbles as long as no adverse symptoms appear. what to do, what to do? Thank you
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Your friend's idea for telling if a mushroom is poisonous is going to get him sick or dead. The only known safe way to tell if a mushroom is poisonous is to identify it to species.
Consider that the most dangerous toxins, the amatoxins in the deadly Amanitas, can show no effects whatsoever for 12 hours, and even in large doses take at least 4 hours to show effects. Based on your friend's idea you could munch down a whole bunch of Amanita phalloides (the mushroom which kills more people than any other), since they taste good and won't show any symptoms until it's too late.
You should never eat an unidentified mushroom.
As far as your cultivation experiment goes, Stamets indicates that a number of species will wander from the location where the spawn was placed. so the fact that they're not growing exactly where you planted them isn't necessarily a big deal.
Try collecting some of the mushrooms and identifying them. There are many people here who will happily assist you in this. Photographs are helpful, as is a detailed description. And don't forget to make a spore print - identification is often impossible without one.
In reply to: if you place a small piece under the tongue and there is no burning or reaction within an hour, that the shroom is probably ok
-I would never use that technique. It could be a dangerous method for identifying anything.
Tip of the Day!~ Presented to you by GGreatOne234, ; Do not use the following technique to identify a mushroom: " place a small piece under the tongue and there is no burning or reaction within an hour, that the shroom is probably ok ".