Day 28 Many More Mushrooms

To Eat or not to Eat.  That is the question

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 Our first day out of Whitehorse was blissfully free of surprises.  We had our usual pit stops so the poodles could stretch their legs, but we had a lot of road to cover so no time for any dilly dallying.  After a long day of driving I found a convenient spot to stay the night.

Our camp was at the end of this dirt road

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Mushrooms

It seemed like a pretty nondescript spot until we wandered into the woods and found a land filled with mushrooms.  I counted at least 15 different types of all shapes, sizes and colors.   I don’t know if they were from different species, families or simply varying life stages but the variety was astounding.  I tried to look them up but, as usual, my ability to identify them fell short.  It seems that there can be very minute details that separate one type of mushroom from another.  You must look at the ribs under the cap, the cap, the color, the bulb, the way the stem attaches to the top, the way it opens, the way it decays, what color appears when you cut it, and much more.

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I thought this was a giant puffball until I saw that it had an enormous stem.The one below was rotted but you can see the size of its stem.

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Jelly Mushrooms… that’s really what they’re called.

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Coral Mushroom Edible

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Unknown Opalescent mushroom. It reminded me of a jelly fish see the coloring along the edges of the cap? Make sure you enlarge this picture. It’s worth it to seeing the coloring.

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Parasol Mushroom

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FOOLED YOU (shame on me). It’s not a mushroom or a chicken foot, it’s a stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Puffballs: Also know as Lycoperdon or the Devil’s Snuff-Box

I collected these for dinner.  Puffballs have to be harvested before their insides explode.  I was excited to see such large ones that were still young enough to eat.

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More puffballs Lycoperdon perlatum

 From Wikipedia

“The distinguishing feature of all puffballs is that they do not have an open cap with spore-bearing gills. Instead, spores are produced internally, in a spheroidal fruiting body called agasterothecium (gasteroid (‘stomach-like’) basidiocarp). As the spores mature, they form a mass called a gleba in the centre of the fruiting body that is often of a distinctive color and texture. The basidiocarp remains closed until after the spores have been released from the basidia. Eventually, it develops an aperture, or dries, becomes brittle, and splits, and the spores escape. The spores of puffballs are statismospores rather than ballistospores, meaning they are not actively shot off the basidium. The fungi are called ‘puffballs’ because clouds of brown dust-like spores are emitted when the mature fruiting body bursts, or in response to impacts such as those of falling raindrops.”

At the end of this video you can see the spores on my finger tips

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A spent Puffball


 

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I call this the perfectly-cooked-pancake-mushroom but I don’t know what it really is.

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Easy-Over-Egg-Mushroom…. ???

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and then I found a petrified crushed dinosaur egg!

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Just Kidding

 

 If you want to see some excellent pictures of some truly beautiful fungus click

HERE


GOOD NIGHT

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Toad Stools

Day 26 and 27 Laying low in Whitehorse

Not an exciting two days

Worked on the blog, collected wild mushrooms

and slept

 

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The nicest private campground I stayed in Canada. It had all the amenities, was rustic but tidy and the sites weren’t too crowed together and surrounded by trees. It even had a book exchange.

 Shaggy Mane

Remember the Shaggy Mane mushrooms I found earlier?  Well, I found a whole crop coming up along a path near the campground.  This is the best time to pick them, before they open up. Even at this stage if they sit for two long they turn to a puddle of black goo.

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Since I can’t use them all at once I parboiled them and will store them in the freezer.

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But i’m making an omelet out of some of them

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It’s not a puffer fish

Final product… I never said I was a culinary genius…..

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Poodles get their own treat.  I picked up some raw meaty bones and they’re digg’n it

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Crashed at the end of the day … chewing bones is hard work

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