pigeon pea & veggie soup (including fresh common mallow) with detoxified pickled Lactarius and detoxified Amanita muscaria

I’ve found adding common mallow leaves to soup w/o any preparation besides chopping works well, because it softens up nicely during the cooking process. Mallow can also survive sub-freezing temperatures to a good degree, so it remains available in many climates for a long time.

Detoxified pickled Lactarius adds some acid, and should be added after cooking to retain its acidity.
Detoxified A. muscaria stipes I find best, because I don’t want to drown out the flavor of the caps (stipes are not as flavorful). I sauteed them in butter, then added at the end. This allows them to take on a buttery note, while nothing else does, making them also uniquely flavored in the soup.

(Pic attached).

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roadside foraging

Perhaps underlying my points in the attached are inconsistencies in how people make foraging decisions vs other eating decisions.

Isn’t it funny that many people will eat produce from grocery stores and restaurants that were grown with herbacides, pesticides, fungicides, and lots of fertilizer on otherwise low-nutrient dirt that came from farms w/in 50′, and sometimes 15′ of busy roadsides, but when it comes to foraging, they’ll not eat fruits of plants or fungi that grew w/in 100′ of a not-so-busy roadside? Unless there’s good evidence something is dangerous to eat at times from near roadsides (e.g., daily eating of a mushroom that takes up heavy metals from a busy roadside), I doubt a person is better off avoiding roadside foraging. I’d wonder if generally roadside foraging is better than most farmed produce.

Does it really matter if only 5% of one’s total diet is from roadside foraged foods?

We can guess and theorize at all of the above, but after all is said and done, the biggest danger of roadside foraging is getting hit by a car.

Sam Schaperow, MSMFT, LMFT
Clinical Director
PsychologyCT.com (Psychology CT)
Based in New London County in Connecticut

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foraging near roads, etc.

I commented on this topic in an article:

Use the above link, search for “schaperow”, then you’ll see it.

Or, to see some or a segment of the section I was in, see the picture in this blog entry.

Sam Schaperow, LMFT


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A. muscaria flavor analysis & w/stipes vs. caps

A. muscaria flavor analysis & w/stipes vs. caps.

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A. muscaria flavor analysis & w/stipes vs. caps

(Also posted to my blog, https://foraging4ct.wordpress.com/):

I’ve now tried 2 specimens of fresh, post-boiled, A. muscaria. I continue to find the stipes are pretty bland, while the caps are pretty flavorful (even a tad of sweetness). But, my 2 specimens were both immature. So, I can’t say this holds for all. Also, I’m using Amanita muscaria var guessowii.

I find the 10-minute boiled caps to be sufficiently flavorful to enjoy w/o even adding salt or doing anything beyond boiling.

Tasting and spitting a piece of cap w/o cooking showed me more about its flavor. It has a good well-rounded flavor (umami, I suppose), along with a nice sweetness (different than some other mushrooms w/sweetness, typically found in stipes, and different than sugar or other sweeteners, I’d so far say) that makes it especially enjoyable.

Of course, it could be interesting to see how adding things like wild northern bay or spice berries to the boiling water would alter the experience.


P.S. I have a feeling in the only person in CT who’s now (December) eating fresh, previously cooked, A. muscaria. But, I’d like to know if I’m wrong.

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soft pores like bread in soup

Some French Onion Soups use bread that’s pretty deliberately soft. Yet, many enjoy it. I had a suillus on hand w/pores that would get even softer in soup. I added it to soup (Indian style hot & sour soup) and found it worked, despite my having a feeling of unease about how softly textured its pores and even flesh would be. I also found that adding it without 1st sauteing it was good for this purpose.

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herbal way to cause constipation?

IBS and other ailments can, at least in part, benefit from a constipation-causing medicine, but what about herbs & mushrooms for the same effect?
Have you ever noticed there are plenty of well-proven diarrhetics in nature, but not plenty of constipation-causing herbs & shrooms? Is there even an antonym for "diarrhetic"?

I 1st read about red raspberry leaves as a constipation-causing herb, but the actual experimental evidence is lacking. Herb after herb I found a similar lack of evidence. I then found that Potentilla tormentilla has more evidence than most herbs. The website that appears most impressive is http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-1203008#hn-1203008-need-to-know (when u go there, select "Supplements" to see what I’m referring to).

Does anyone have any info. about herbs/shrooms that [safely] cause constipation that’s not found at that site?

-Sam Schaperow, MS; PsychologyCT.com

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