Sunday Mushrooms

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Yesterday’s walk in the woods near Drevinge garnered us the following:

  • Shaggy ink cap, Fjällig bläcksvamp, Coprinus comatus

  • Terracotta hedgehog, Rödgul taggsvamp, Hydnum rufescens
  • Shingled hedgehog, Fjällig taggsvamp, Sarcodon imbricatus
  • Common puffball, Vårtig röksvamp, Lycoperdon perlatum
  • Velvet bolete, Sandsopp, Suillus variegatus
  • Copper brittlegill, Tegelkremla, Russula decolorans
  • Birch bolete, Björksopp, Leccinum scabrum

I’ve never picked the ink caps before as I knew that the Common ink cap is poisonous at least in combination with alcohol. But now I know better. The shaggies are always plentiful around here!

This autumn holds a small anniversary for me and my wife. She moved in with me in January of 2000. In September of that year we bought a mushroom spotter’s guide and wrote both our names in it. Arguably, a couple can’t really get any more married than that. And now we’ve used the book for ten years!

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Comments

  1. #1 Sandgroper
    October 4, 2010

    Congratulations. 10 years of mutual mushroom hunting is a major milestone.

    Your wife has a very nice jade bracelet.

    That is the kind that is put on in childhood and becomes unremovable without breakage because the hand grows to be too big to take it off.

    Well, maybe she could, just about, because she does not look to have very large hands, but I doubt it.

    This is true older native traditional Chinese culture.

    I am assuming the second photo, the mushroom chopper, is of your esteemed lady wife. Please correct humble self.

  2. #2 Birger Johansson
    October 4, 2010

    Martin, if you are interested in oldish stuff, it seems the Romans had an analogy to the global warming debate:
    Alarmism: “Barbarian Horde Invasion Theory? Hogwash!”
    http://scienceblogs.com/casaubonsbook/2010/10/barbarian_horde_invasion_theor.php?utm_source=networkbanner&utm_medium=link

    A detail you forget to mention is the disgusting multitude of maggots inside any mushroom that is not completely pristine. While the maggots can be removed, I certainly never felt enthusiastic about eating the stuff…
    -Despite being a country boy, I never learned to distinguish between more than a few mushrooms. If we were uncertain about some, we simply presented a specimen of the mushroom to the cows [who have an excellent sence of smell, and love (edible) mushrooms]. If they refused the offering, we knew it was poisonous. In theory, it should be possible to train cows to “hunt” truffles, but I lack the necessary fungal enthusiasm and/or a shovel for the dung.
    Also, genetics has identified a mushroom in north Sweden as identical to a mushroom that is highly valued in Japan. I suppose you could train a local bear to locate the stuff, as bears have a sense of smell far superior to dogs, and -like the Pope- do their business in the woods, negating the need for shovels.

  3. #3 Sandgroper
    October 4, 2010

    That blogger is nuts. If she wants to save the world so badly, why did she have 4 children, and then try to raise them with subsistence farming?

  4. #4 dogteam
    October 4, 2010

    Nice!
    We have a bumper crop this year with lots of rain, but I’ve mostly stuck to puffballs and shaggies (because I’m lazy and haven’t ID’d the rest). Morels are uncommon in the area, unfortunately. What is that big sucker left of centre…we have a ton that look like that but we were told by someone with more experience that they’re not good eating…?

  5. #5 Martin R
    October 4, 2010

    Sandy, thanks! YuSie got that bracelet less than ten years ago, using soap to get it on. It’s Burmese jade, probably helped fund the military regime. /-:

    Dogteam, the big scaly one is a shingled hedgehog. They’re one star out of three in our shroom book. Make sure the ones you pick have spikelets under the hat, or they may be something else.

  6. #6 dogteam
    October 4, 2010

    Martin: Thanks! It’s a bit late here now, the shrooms are pretty much off, but I’ll try harder next year!

    Birger: Maggots are a wonderful source of protein. :)

  7. #7 Birger Johansson
    October 5, 2010

    Ongoing press conference announcing the Nobel Prize winners in Physics:
    http://nobelprize.org/ (Right now)

  8. #8 Martin R
    October 5, 2010

    Yeah, Geim & Novoselov, graphene.

    The second guy almost has the same surname as Nirvana’s bass player.

  9. #9 Dunc
    October 5, 2010

    Shaggy ink caps are delicious, but I’m not sure whether they cause similar problems with alcohol consumption… The only time I’ve ever eaten them I had a dreadful hang-over the following day – but then I was at a wedding and I am Scottish, so I have certain obligations… ;)

  10. #10 Sigmund
    October 5, 2010

    We went out on Sunday with some friends to the woods about an hour north of Stockholm and ended up with two baskets full of trad kanterell mushrooms. It took us three hours to clean, cook and freeze them and then take the ticks off each other!
    There were plenty of other mushrooms growing but we have only been shown how to recognize one sort so I’m sure we missed lots of edible alternatives.

  11. #11 Martin R
    October 5, 2010

    Trattkantareller, Yellow Legs, have yellow feet and brown funnel-shaped hats. Trad. chanterelles are yellow all over. (-;

  12. #12 Richard D
    October 5, 2010

    Hehe

    Do you two have an ‘our fungus’ too?

    I like that basket by the way, t looks like the sort of thing Ray Mears would make.

    Congratulations on ten years; me and the missus are only just reaching our third anniversary. The anniversary being after we met at an archaeology seminar in our department. You don’t get much geekier than that.

  13. #13 Martin R
    October 5, 2010

    Haha, “our fungus”!

    My dad actually made that basket when he was a kid.

    Thank you, and congrats on your first three years of archaeomarriage!

  14. #14 windy
    October 5, 2010

    Dogteam, the big scaly one is a shingled hedgehog. They’re one star out of three in our shroom book.

    The older ones may turn bitter so some people recommend only picking very young ones. But I guess this one tasted all right?

  15. #15 Martin R
    October 6, 2010

    All I know is that the promiscuous mix of mushrooms I stewed with bacon and onions and beer did not taste bitter.

  16. #16 Sandgroper
    October 7, 2010

    But if you have bacon, you don’t really need anything else.

    Bacon is God’s food, no? If not for bacon, I would go to live in Malaysia. I don’t mean that corruption called Canadian bacon, I mean the real stuff. The genuine article.

  17. #17 Martin R
    October 7, 2010

    When the Swedes discovered smoked bacon, they were so impressed that they borrowed the English word for it. But they kept calling their traditional non-smoked bacon salt fläsk, “salted pork”.