Friday, January 21, 2005

Fungi Friday


amanita muscaria

amanita muscaria



coprinus comatus

The red mushroom is also known as fly agaric. It was proposed by the ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson as the soma of ancient India. Nowadays everyone labels it poisonous. DON'T EAT IT!. Info here.

The white (ish) mushroom is also known as Shaggy Mane. That is my footgear, put there for scale. Shaggy manes are edible, delicious and easy to identify. Don't rely on me. Get a good mushroom book. I recommend "All that the Rain Promises and More..." by David Arora. It has an easy to use key (identification method). A more technical but still easy to read book is "The New Savory Wild Mushroom" by Margaret McKenny and Daniel E. Stuntz. Both books have recipes.

Its getting late, so this may be Science Saturday as well.


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