MMM 352: Kill it with fire

So Pupster sent me this gallery last week of the clathrus archeri, or “octopus stinkhorn”.  It’s not edible, it’s hideous, and it stinks like methylamine to attract flies and wasps to spread its spores and propagate.  Destroy on sight, turn the earth, and bleach the mycellium.

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Those aren’t eggs, those are the immature fruiting bodies yet to burst.

Happy Monday!

MMM 352: New Monday, New You

Just based on appearance, I would’t eat these.

Now I know it’s the second week of January, so your resolutions are probably toast already.  But it’s the first MONDAY of the new year, and every Monday is a new beginning.  Maybe you’ve stumbled, maybe there were setbacks, maybe you still had Christmas cookies laying around, it’s okay.  It happens.  Begin again.

MMM 251: Review and Resolutions

Finally combed through my phone and pulled the shots I’d taken of mushrooms I’ve found this year.

St. Patrick’s Park, May 2018.

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MMM 350: Turkey Tail

Found some of this growing in my woods just yesterday, and couldn’t remember if I’d done a post on it yet.

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MMM 349: hybrid

First, some ‘shroom content:

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MMM 348: Reishi

Greetings all.  Reminder to Secret Santa participants that we’re down to less than 2 weeks before Opening Day (12-16-2018), and the USPS is already overloaded, so go early if you can.

This week we’ll look at a far east variety that’s a staple of traditional Chinese medicine: Reishi (ganoderma ludicum).

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Funny Words

Scientists have determined the 10 funniest words in the English language. “Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study by University of Alberta psychology experts.” [https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181127131537.htm]

http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fxge0000467

These eggheads obviously haven’t spent any time hanging around this place.

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MMM 347: Oysters

I haven’t tried these yet, but they are among the most frequently cultivated species.6b84d-branchedoystermushroom04.jpg

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MMM 345: Lion’s Mane

Hericum erinaceus.

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This is one of the current fungus species trending as basically magic tonics.  The health benefits purported range from digestive aid to better concentration and reduced depression.

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There’s likely some truth in that, but it’s not like these things get double-blind studies.

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The takeaway though, is that a lot of people believe it, and where there’s belief, there’s profit.

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Cultivating these and selling the fruiting bodies – fresh or dried – and all manner of extracts and teas is big business right now.

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I’ve never seen them in the wild, and they aren’t yet running loose in the West as some sort of invasive species.  They normally grow on rotting trees, but all the mushroom farmers seem to grow them on straw and/or wood pulp.  Supposedly quite easy to cultivate.

 

 

MMM 344: wine caps

Good morning.

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