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  • rain+forest= MUSHROOMS!

    I live in the rockies, northwest of Denver. We have had a rainy past couple of weeks. Now, there appears to be an abundance of mushrooms!! I have a counter full of specimens, an Audubon guide, but no clue Actually, we have found a King Bolete & this gorgeous brown on with several names (scaly tooth, scaly urchin, hawk's wing) & those are edible. Cooking suggestions?

    I wish I knew where my boss was finding the chanterelles...

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    Oooh. Be careful, Peggy.
    There are a lot of toxic mushrooms that resemble the edible ones...does your Audobon guide mention how to do a spore print?
    Check this out...always good to know before you go: http://americanmushrooms.com/id.htm

    Of course, Chanterelles and Morels are pretty much no-brainers. Those are the only ones that I'll bring home to cook

    ETA another link: http://www.mushroomthejournal.com/mhma/edibles.htm Check out the warnings on Boletes and Coprinus (Shaggy Manes)
    Last edited by kuno1chi; 08-08-2010, 04:09 PM. Reason: guess i need a little more coffee...

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    • #3
      Yet another "mushroom" thread that makes me just a wee bit nervous for folks' safety...

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      • #4
        From what I hear just trying to identify mushrooms from a guide or the internet is a recipe for disaster. Frequently, mushroom hunters with years of experience are poisoned to death because they run into a juvenile of a deadly species that looks like an edible.

        Yeah, I'm paranoid, but.
        "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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        • #5
          True, that.
          "There are old mushroom hunters, and there are BOLD mushroom hunters. But there are no OLD, BOLD mushroom hunters."
          Again----Chanterelles and Morels are a no-brainer.

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          • #6
            The King Bolete is similar to porcini I found out...
            All is good here - no fear, I will not eat what I am not sure about. some of them were just marvelous to look at. Plus for curiosity's sake you want to identify them all. We only ate some bolete & hawk wing. Sauteed in olive oil & garlic. The rest are poised for photo ops.
            "all mushrooms are edible, some only once" I saw that today too...
            I also learned there's a mushroom festival in Buena Vista in 2 weeks (with a wine & cheese party). would rather learn from experienced gatherers

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            • #7
              Originally posted by kuno1chi View Post
              True, that.
              "There are old mushroom hunters, and there are BOLD mushroom hunters. But there are no OLD, BOLD mushroom hunters."
              Again----Chanterelles and Morels are a no-brainer.
              A no-brainer unless you live in one of the areas with a toxic lookalike for chanterelles, sure...
              "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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              • #8
                Well...see?
                I learn something new every day

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