Due to all the rain we had i've noticed lots of different mushrooms around my area. Some have grown extremely large, as large as bowling balls!
Thought that since i've got this many, those of you south of me should too. I was thinking if we've got to be this wet we might as well find something other than the rain and flooding to talk about!!
Lets post the different shapes, sizes and colors we come across.
I always get some mushrooms, usually the end of spring/ early summer. About 50 of your curly tops. sometimes more, very few in the lawn area which is exposed to the sun, maybe two or three. About 98% of them pop up where I had an old oak tree removed it's a shady area about 30% sunlight. Unfortunately I don't think I took any pics of them this year because I find the ones I have unsightly.
- I did have a very pretty one growing in one of the potted tropical plants that I have, sort of pink/ yellow/ white, - classic shape. It also had an unusually large upturned ring feature underneath the cap. I'm pretty sure it was poisonous. It only lasted one day.
At this time of year I usually don't get any, I guess the soil has dried out enough and their cycle is complete for the year. The sandy soil here drains fast and with the dropping temps we slowly switch into winter mode. The soil is not as waterlogged as it is with snow and ice melt earlier in the year even with all the rain we've had lately.
No, not as bad as that.. (lol!) - they weren't 'guey' or wet, they're the 5th one down, the one you call 'curly top', but they were very clumped together. They don't harm the area underneath, last about 2 weeks until the temps started to get warm. - gets kinda messy when I run over them with the lawnmower, but I usually wait until they start shriveling up before I do. I figure they're part of the whole picture, so I dont eliminate them right off the bat.
- everything has a reason for 'being' I suspect. ☺
The pretty orange with the warty top is Fly Agaric...deadly poisonous! The ones with the little holes under the rhodies are Earth Stars...These are tiny favs of mine..Bird Nest fungus, but they're old, & the 'eggs' have disappeared from the 'nests'.
Here's a good professionally done video of Fly Agaric, by a professor at Oxford University. Although it does contain poisons it was used in ancient times, by the Celtic tribes to induce a hallucinogenic effect. - it's also one of the more prominent symbols in folklore associated with 'fairies' from the same area of Europe. Apparently it is presently available for purchase in the UK. (- not into that stuff, but the info and the correlation to culture is interesting..) ☺
Not really, many medicines used in cultures such as Chinese, South American, American Indian used plants and fungi which contained toxins to cure maladies, the key was the right proportion and preparation of the plant. I've read that some of the medicines we commonly use today are in fact derivatives of those compounds which we manufacture in large quantities because obviously growing them and using them as those cultures did wouldn't be cost effective and there would be little quality control to ensure the uniformity and safety of the product.
If I'm not mistaken the big drug companies are always researching those plants and looking for ways to use them.
I don't usually post on this forum even though I am certainly from the Northeast (Massachusetts), but I do come by once in awhile and read a few of your posts.
The two top pictures on this thread as of 9/11/11 are giant puffballs. They are edible and almost impossible to confuse with any other mushrooms. If you cut one and it's pure white all the way through, it's edible. There is another mushroom of similar shape (though hardly ever anything near this size), that is dark in the middle and is poisonous. We had a few of these in our yard for a couple of years, but I think that the chipmunks burrowed right through where they were growing and destroyed them. I was quite unhappy about that; however, the taste of these is pretty bland, so it really wasn't that much of a loss.
Thanks McCool!!! I wondered if those gigantic white ones were edible or not, they certainly could feed a number of people. :) I wear a size 8 - 8 1/2 shoe so that gives you an idea of how big they were. There were 2 big ones and a smaller one all under a weeping willow tree. I am amazed at the different ones growing in my yard this year!!
Lots of variety! I do like to find mushrooms in the woods and around the yard, but will only try eating the ones that are near impossible to confuse with anything else. I do have a large book all about them, but found from reading it that there are some that can't be confirmed as edible without examining the spores under a high power microscope!
If you ever find one that looks like the picture I'm posting, pick it. I had never seen these in the woods, but this spring several popped up right in my veggie garden spot. This is a morel. If you google "false morel" you'll see that the closest "look-alike" really doesn't look much like it at all. These are delicious.
Nice shroom WC!! I find myself looking for new ones everyday and checking the changes in the ones I had found the day before. They do change shape from day to day until they become unsightly!! LOL
Geez Robin, wonder what ate yours & WC mushrooms? Wierd that they would be nibbled on...something doesn't like mushrooms!
CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire public health officials say they are concerned about a surge in the number of wild mushroom poisonings in the state.
The state Department of Health and Human Services says the number of emergency room visits attributed to eating wild mushrooms has jumped from eight in 2009, to 11 in 2010 to 31 this year. Eighteen of those have come this month.
Director Dr. Jose Montero says wild mushroom poisonings are usually limited to children and young adults, but he says officials are now seeing people of all ages showing up in hospitals.
He says people should be careful because many toxic mushrooms look like the safe ones, and there is an abundance of mushrooms because of the recent wet weather.
Symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting, fever and diarrhea.
My advice is not to eat any, just shoot them with your camera.
Oh, I found what I think is hen of the woods...this was yesterday while in the dam picnic area...but...I was too chicken to pick them...it's really like a huge, cluster of fungus, not a mushroom...I need someone with experience to tell me...my Dad used to pick them, my Mom would cut them in strips, saute them & add them to rigatoni & sausage, & bake the dish...very yummy.
So far, the only ones that I have picked and eaten are the giant puffballs and the morels as it's almost impossible to confuse those with anything else. We did have another type growing near my veggie garden one year that was probably edible, but since I couldn't be absolutely sure, I gave those a pass.
Met my bird watching friend at the dam today...he was amazed I ate the chestnuts there...he thought they were horse chestnuts...one of the rangers told me they were Italian chestnuts, & edible...I've seen other folks picking them...now I'm not sure I should eat them!
it was about going with her friend from Poland and their family to pick mushrooms. Just as well she didn't put being a multiple in the college's face, because her first choice gives extra aid if there are more than one kid in college at the same time.
We're learning how different every college really is. Several are looking for diversity, so for them writing about being a triplet would be a good thing and that's what the other two did. There is a lot of positioning that comes from the college essay, though, and this daughter is aiming to study linguistics, so she was using humor in her Polish translations about mushrooms, which was where she found inspiration. The college is also very eco-oriented, so everything was aimed at her first choice college. This DH is extremely conscientious and takes no chances.
I hope they all get into their top choices...my son applied only to 2 colleges, never visited either, got into both, & decided on UCONN, so he could come home weekends to visit his chickie...but UCONN was actually a good fit for him, because after discovering he hated biology, he went into the landscape architect program which he loved...
I only applied to one also...Central CT, because I wanted to teach & that was the best in the state at the time for teacher training...did my master's at Wesleyan, though, because I wanted a broader education...Chickie was not for him, she continually dumped him until he finally wised up...she was a very pretty girl, but tres manipulative!
I'm a product of University of Illinois, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts gave legal certifications that the youngsters have to get post-docs to do if they're starting out now. I know most of these schools somewhat. My DS applied to Northeastern as one of his colleges, but he's never been to see it. One DD is applying to Wesleyan in Connecticut. The other DD isn't saying if boyfriends have any influence on choices mostly in Northeast.. DS wants mechanical engineering, DD 1 wants linguistics and Spanish education but maybe interpreter services, and DD2 wants biology and classics, maybe premed. Altogether they will have applied to about 33 colleges because these days you have to do about 10. The one early decision II is for Middlebury in Vt. for Spanish. Whew! Thanks for the good wishes.
Yep, I resisted this at first until I realized how different it all is now. I only applied to one college myself. College Board must be making a mega-fortune on the college profiles, if not already for the SAT.
My answer just failed. Seems SAT cost around $45 to take, sending it costs $10 per school unless you expedite for $40. Two colleges on our list had free application fees, but otherwise cost is between $50 and $70 per college. CSS profile per school costs $16 and FAFSA was under ten dollars per school. After spending this, we ought to qualify for more financial aid!
Yep. And nowadays kids are taking it multiple times. They almost have to so they get the idea of how the essay is scored. Moreover, many colleges will score only your highest score on a subtest so there is no downside to submitting many testings. I also didn't mention the AP tests and the SAT subject tests, which in Massachusetts can win extra scholarhip money for the state's expensive public colleges. Other families (not us) hired SAT coaches too. This is high stakes testing. Many really fine liberal arts colleges have made it optional to submit. I think Bowdin College took the lead there because this kind of activity is counterproductive if you really care about a well-rounded liberal arts education.
Yeah Bill, she knows but thinks it's too late. She's not particular, so Arabic would have been OK too. Back when choosing a language in hs, she didn't know she was that good at producing correct sounds or hearing dialects. Now she's testing better than native speakers in Spanish, but it's only a recent discovery. Mandarin classes at the high school were almost entirely made up of native speakers, or at least kids who had it spoken at home. Then she was locked in by the liberal arts requirement of the same language for at least three years of hs. . She's studied Italian for four years too but thinks Spanish will be more practical.
Heehee, my 16 yr old great nephew who will be an eagle scout candidate this year, who is a counselor at a camp this week for kids who have Down's Syndrome, and whois a growler in a band. The band's name- Lobotomize the Leader. Otto is 6'5" and wears a size 15 shoe. The name cracks me up. There are some way-out names.
No...no morels...ones he called chestnuts, and 2 other varieties that I cannot recall...plus hen of the woods...I only ate the hen of the woods since they are a fungus, not a mushroom, & I didn't think they could be confused with anything poisonous...
Wow, what a variety...love the one that looks liked a cooked lobstah! A Pakastani family from CT picked mushrooms from their yard last week that looked like the ones in Pakistan...amanitas! All 4 were saved, one by an experimental drug from Europe that Hartford Hospital received permission to use...saved the young ladies life...