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Shaggy Mane
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Salmoneye    Posted 10-15-2003 at 15:20:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
A while back there was a discussion about mushrooms...

Well...Here is one of the two or three that grow around here that I do not hesitate to pick and eat...

A whole flock (ones on right have gone by):

And a closeup of a fresh one:

Good hunting...

Coprinus comatus    Posted 10-15-2003 at 16:40:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]

yep they're good, now if only they would keep producing for awhile. I live in a rather arid desert type climate, but Shaggy Manes were the first 'shroom I was successful in cultivating.

Would Morels be one of your other choices for safe picking?


Ayuh...    Posted 10-15-2003 at 18:11:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Add in Giant Puffballs, and that about rounds out the ones I trust myself with, without a book and/or spore printing...


Fawteen lock up the..    Posted 10-16-2003 at 09:26:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sheeps!!! Many a time, from a distance, the've been mistaken for giant puffballs .

Best find was in Montana, we parked the pickup and filled the back end with puffs, the smallest as big or bigger than a basketball. Then we drove around the bend and could have filled a semi. Seen a few in California, Most here in central Washington, with irrigation, are softball size at best.

We don't see the giants out west as common as they are in the Midwest or Eastern North America.

But you are correct, those are three very safe mushrooms, with no "similiar in appearance" hazardous species.

I usually carry a couple of field guides and spore paper when I am out in the field anyway. Just for the fun of identification. However I do eat several other varieties.


Rustybones    Posted 10-16-2003 at 06:47:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My mouth watered when I saw the pics.YUM!!! I also mushroom hunt. Yes, morels are also edible, in fact, choice! I also hunt puffballs, buttons, califlower, oyster, field, sulfer, inky tops, bears claw, etc.... Have been hunting since I was 7 yrs old.

They may be small but...    Posted 10-16-2003 at 11:40:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]

It's the only pic I had available of any of the Morchella, commonly known as morals. Morchella conica, also know as 'Cone Shaped Morel' This sample is extremely small, I prefer 5-10 inch samples but will accept all sizes, quantity counts. There are several Morels; M. esculenta, M. elata, M. deliciosa, M. angusticeps, M. atretomentosa etc.... It is my personnel favorite mushroom to Hunt; they are stealthy, sneaky and evasive! A worthy objective, in many a varied habitat. The mere knowledge of Morel habitat location has been known to lower even the strongest person's morals when queried for information. If you happen to locate any Morels, I do Bioassay research and would appreciate all samples and information available, i.e. where collected, dates collected, weather preceding the collection for the previous month. They can be preserved by; stringing as in a necklace, then drying, drying on a screen, canning, or sauté' in real butter then freeze. I do accept all forms of preservation, but would most appreciate fresh, in undisturbed natural surroundings. Your assistance in my Bioassay research will be greatly appreciated.... ;O) Probably the most frequently hunted species in N. America.

By sulfur I take it you mean "Sulfur shelf" AKA. "Chicken of the Woods" or Laetiporus sulphureus. We see a few over in W. WA. good eating.

"Oyster" I understand to be Pleurotus ostreatus; "Cauliflower" would be Sparassis crispa. Both very good on the dinner table.

Now "inky top" might be what I call "inky cap", Coprinus atramentarius AKA. "tippler's bane", although known to be edible, I do enjoy an adult beverage now and then so I pass on this one.

Buttons could be almost any of the Agaricus, many of which are very desirable.

As to "Bear claw" and "field" you got me there. Often time’s colloquial names do not relay sufficient information for identification. Do you have a proper name or other common name?

I got a later start in hunting mushrooms, I was about ten, but have enjoyed mycology as a hobby for quite some time now. It is a good excuse to get me away from the local area, and into diverse ecosystems.

Where are you located? If you haven't figured it out yet I'm on the dry side of WA. state.


About that Alcohol Inky..    Posted 10-16-2003 at 12:55:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read the other day that someone had a bad reaction with Shaggy Mane (which is a memeber of the inky caps) and alcohol, much like the reaction you mentioned with the Alcohol Inky Cap (Coprinus atramentarius)...Granted...This is the NET, and it was a 'hearsay' story...

I have never had that reaction with 'shaggys', but it has made me think twice...


May be possible...    Posted 10-16-2003 at 14:07:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, about the edibility of Coprinus comatus "Shaggy manes" writes:

"In rare instances they may react with alcohol in the body to produce effects similiar to C. atramentarius. However I have cooked them in wine many times with no ill effects."

Could be psycosymatic too.

Set and setting are important!

The effects of inky caps are supposed to be very similiar to "Anabuse" in conjunction with alcohol. Not deadly but discomforting.


That's...    Posted 10-16-2003 at 15:35:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alcohol Abuse...What a waste ;-)

So...You find any Big Laughing Gym in them thar hills do ya?

Used to here...But I gave all that up for Lent...Back in the mid 80's LOL

Never did find...    Posted 10-16-2003 at 16:11:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Gymnopilius spectabilis group, Big Laughing mushrooms, friends that did, reported finds on conifer trees, with not very spectular results, and a really bitter taste to boot!

Howsomeever, the Pacfic N.W. is noted for other rather spectacular eventful delectiable little delights of the P. genus.

Did have some remarkable discoveries in the pasture three seasons ago. Never to be repeated...:,(

I have heard...    Posted 10-17-2003 at 01:39:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
That the Pacific Northwest has much to offer...

I must visit there someday...



Now that the Rain...    Posted 10-17-2003 at 11:25:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Has started falling,, through about December possibly into Jan. You will see "prospectors" bent over searching the edge of clearings.

Of course the flower beds outside the public offices have wood chip mulch, good spot to hunt.

I will have to show pics of my composting projects.


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