14 October, 2016 22:13

http://foragerchef.com/amanita-muscariafly-agaric/#comment-276681 has an "olli" who lists Amanita apricata as a liver damaging Amanita muscaria lookalike.

My reply was:
olli, I think you’re confused about it. Do you have a source that proves your claim? http://www.amanitaceae.com/content/uploaded/pdf/aprica.pdf states someone had a reaction in his tongue and felt something where his liver is, but seemed fine otherwise, and only had a small piece of the shroom. the one who ate it to toxic levels, who may have had a different species, had no report of liver damage.

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ID question

It reminds me of edible lepiotas, but I am not sure. Could you please let me know what this is?

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2 October, 2016 19:11

What’s this? A giant mega-chaga?

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Chanterelle cleaning videos

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Polygonatum: Edible fruit? & an arboretum mislabeled species.

Even one of the most expensive colleges anywhere (Connecticut College) doesn’t label all their arboretum plants correctly. I found they’ve mislabeled their large Solomon’s Seal plants as P. pubescens. The plants are far too large and lacking the significant hairs of this species. I don’t know if my camera-phone’s photos are sufficient for a clear ID, though. For all I know, though in their native species section, they could have obtained seeds somewhere that sold them a non-native species. Otherwise, I’d lean toward the giant solomon’s seal.

The next point is the berries. They’re sweet, lacking insipid, acrid, bitter, or anything else that would be a problem. Going w/the idea w/plants that we can detect major poisons by taste, if not minor poisons, this isn’t passing that test. I’ve seen it in Sam Thayer’s book as "inedible". I don’t know if all species have the taste I had here, but I can say either this is the 1st clear exception on poison, or it is edible. Any comments are welcome, as I’d like to understand this better. Oh, and, I did eat one berry a little while ago, but may want more info. before eating several at once.

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Leucoagaricus americanus

Can anyone please confirm its identity prior to my cooking it?

found growing in mulch.

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Elderly Man Mushrooming

Though I’m not technically elderly, I do have a mobility problem that partially parallels. My mycorrhizal mushrooming is now mostly limited to a single birch tree. All from a single birch tree, except for the meadow mushrooms, I annually get white blushers (Amanitas) and Boletus bicolor.

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