|Time for Cheryl to Slow down...|
|And Forage for Black Berries.|
This is a fun activity for me, because I get to play "The Nature Guy" as I monologue about all the things I know in the woods. And I get to make things up if I don't know.... Cheryl nods her head in agreement either way, so that makes me feel important.
|Deathcap Toadstools...Good for throwing at friends.|
|Amanita phalloides Note Gills and skirt on stem.|
We found these guys right next to the trail.
I only know of a handful of edible mushrooms. Namely: Morels, puffballs, and Shaggy Caps. I also know a few poisonous ones. The Deathcap Mushroom! (Which is what we discovered here.) There are lots of common names, but they are all part of Amanita phalloides Family.
|Young Deathcap. Pretty Yellow!|
|Note: Gills hidden under skirt.|
|Boletus edulis Note the spongy underside.|
|Looks like a bun top.|
AND get this, they often camp right next to our favorite poison mushroom Amanita! Now most people might find that a little scary, but I find it comforting.
|Better angle of underside pores.|
|Note: No skirt on Stem.|
|These are a delicacy, next to the poison ones.|
|Pleurotus ostreatus The Oyster Mushroom|
|You can see the old vs new ones.|
|Young ones growing on Trees|
|Wonder why they are called Oyster mushrooms?|
However, this small educational experience has tapped into my curiosity. I have tried (based purely on what I researched) Shaggy Cap mushrooms. I didn't die...but they did not taste so"super awesome" that I would ever want to cook up a batch again. (not bad, just kinda bland.) Still, it is comforting to know that there are foods out there that you can forage for in a survival situation. ( Knowledge is power! Yeah!)
|Elderberries. Can you eat these?|
|Hickory Nuts. Can you eat these?|
|Raccoon. Can you eat these?|
I guess that is one of the advantages I had by being raised by a family of hilly-billy rednecks. At least Mom never forced us to eat Raccoon. (Seriously! I'm sure we would have if our cousins had ever offered it to us.) And in case you did not know, Elderberries are "toxic" in a "tummy ache" kind of way. But people still insist on making wines and jams with them. I'll have to post the other things we have been up to in a later post. This one is getting a little long. But, Hooray for Edible Mushrooms that do not kill you or cause hallucinations.
|Just slightly poisonous.|
|They glow in the dark!|