recipe and pic

purslane (grows wild in plenty in my garden area and around it), yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, evoo, and balsamic vinegar.

Add pasta for a more substantial and less dense experience.

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simple way to use a wild mushroom

I had some Suillus sitting in my fridge for 8 days. They’re in good shape, but I’ve not felt like cleaning them. I also had some mild flavored spanish rice from a restaurant sitting there. The way to make rice taste like new is to heat it w/some liquid. What I did was to take one big Suillus, clean it, then cut into pieces. I put on a plate in the microwave for 2 minutes. It released a lot of liquid. I mixed the mushroom pieces and liquid, along w/salt & pepper, w/the rice and microwaved 1 minute.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Mushrooms

Mannitol is a sugar derivative found in at least some mushrooms. It does taste like sucrose, so you can detect it. This is the only theory I could find about mushrooms possibly affecting IBS. Note that mushrooms are mostly water, so even 50% dry weight mannitol isn’t likely much unless eating masses of mushrooms. My theory on IBS and mushrooms is that even if eating a lot of them, that those with low sweetness are likely to be the least irritating, except for those with other substances that cause digestive upset. But as a rule of thumb, mild tasting mushrooms ought to not have a negative effect. This should include many Russulas, with the hot & acrid ones par-boiled, wood ear, black fungus, and many others.

Also, websites like promote eating mushrooms (probably A. bisporus is focused on, and btw shiitake has been studied to contain more mannitol than A. bisporus) for IBS suffers as soluble fiber. So, whether they are good or bad for IBS, I can’t say, but they seem like a low candidate for being an IBS problem, and are possibly helpful for IBS.

Finally, it is possible some species of mushrooms contain chemical components that help a lot with IBS, but I’m not aware of any research showing that so far.

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One of the best mushrooms I ever ate.

While watching a show, I was eating the pictured meal, containing a variety of mushrooms. Suddenly during the show I bit into a remarkably flavorful, sweet, and pleasantly firmly textured mushroom. It was the pictured Russula.

The flavor was so remarkable that I lost concentration on the show. I had to re-watch after finishing it, because it was that flavorful. But, what is it? I found it in Waterford, CT last week.

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mock strawberry (Potentilla indica)

I tried some from a lawn in MD today. The fruit is very mild w/a strawberry-like texture, the seeds are easily removed and have a nice pop/bite to them, and the foliage I had was comfortably textured and mildly flavored.

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Chestnut problems

So, foraging for chestnuts has been more problematic than expected.

  • The quality of chestnuts has varied a lot from a single tree, with some being tough and quite white, and others being dark.
  • Chestnut weevil larvae are in most chestnuts, however I can kill them in hot water right after collecting to avoid this issue, but:
  • even if doing the above, since I’m just collecting what falls, I’d have to collect perhaps 4 nuts per day and kill the larvae each time until I get enough to have a good amount, or instead each the few found each time.
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American Chestnut & the pathogenic fungus Cryphonectria parasitica

I should clarify, my info. is preliminary. Did 99.8% get decimated? I don’t know exactly.

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 10:03 PM, Sam Schaperow <sam.schaperow> wrote:

Its amazing how Cryphonectria parasitica (formerly called Endothia parasitica)
killed the vast numbers of American chestnut trees w/in any non-isolated location, rather than killing almost all w/in such locations. I mean, it isn’t like 99% couldn’t survive, it seems, but closer to or actually 100%. Its as if all American chestnut trees were clones, having identical reactions, though they weren’t clones. Further, Cryphonectria parasitica’s own survival would be doomed if it could only feed on American chestnut trees, but fortunately for Cryphonectria parasitica, it comes from the old world with other species to live off of w/o killing trees into its own extinction.

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