Many who know me well, know how much I love mushrooms.
Things I learned today about mushrooms (courtesy of the Alberta Mycological Society):
- You won't be harmed by touching or smelling toxic mushrooms - only if you ingest them.
- There are 3 main types of mushrooms: edible, medicinal, and toxic.
- Some mushrooms look very similar, but have characteristics like stains or smells that distinguish them. Some differ almost only just by where they are found.
- There is a mushroom that will literally make you laugh to death.
- Fairy ring mushrooms, commonly found on your lawn are actually edible!
- It's actually better to cook mushrooms before eating them, even if they're from the grocery stores. They contain natural carcinogens, which can be broken down by being cooked.
- While mushrooms in their younger stages can sometimes be identified by being sliced in half, if they are too young, some distinct characteristics may not have developed yet and make "buttons" difficult to identify.
- There are at least 20 common varieties of mushrooms that can be found in Alberta!
|A fabulous spread of mushrooms that the Alberta Mycological Society gathered yesterday!|
|One of the mycology enthusiasts picked up the big white one and said, "this one is edible, but it tastes like wet newspaper".|
|My favourite table for identifying mushrooms - the edible ones!|
|Mushrooms on toast. A lot of garlicky, buttery mushrooms on toast.|
|Mushroom risotto topped with a mixture of wild mushrooms and some parmesan!|
|I did leave with this beautiful Shaggy Parasol mushroom cap, which I cooked for my dinner tonight! It was bigger than my hand!|
|Shaggy parasols are very fragile when mature, so you need to take care when washing and preparing it, but it will probably crumble at least a bit anyways.|