Mushroom hunting: Let the Festivities begin!
Posted by Jim H on March 30, 2009
At SciFoo at Google in August ’08 I met Paul Stamets of Fungi.com. One of the many give a ways was his book, Mycelium Running. I have been obsessed ever since. I had the opportunity to ask Paul about cultivating morels I have my yard. I am watching and waiting for my morels to sprout (which is typically 2-5 days after the first heavy rain in April in this region), but in the mean time I am checking out what’s come to fruit after the rains this weekend. I’ve also propagated some shiitake (which I bought at fungi.com in the form of plug spawn) and some shaggy parasol mushrooms I picked out of the goat yard in the fall. I am cultivating these in corrugated cardboard (in one case a pizza box) which I left out over the winter. The mycelium are running, but I am worried I have some undesirable mold running, too. Time will tell.
In any event, I put together this enjoyable slide show of my Sunday morning mushroom adventure (updated with music):
Now that I have moved my operations into FITCI@Hood, I hope to take advantage of the Hood Biology department to help me identify some of these fungi. I bought the National Audobon Societies Field Guide, but I can never make a firm identification. you don’t want to be making bad taxonomic decisions when it comes to wild mushrooms. Any experts ut there who would like to start a c”shroom hunting Club? One interesting thing about Paul is that he was the Ken Kesey & the Merry Prankster’sofficial mycologist.
I think I have blogged his TED talk before, but it’s worth another post