Friday, 6 August 2010

It is raining again

Yes, it is raining again. The temperature dropped to 22° C, but the moisture is high - this is an ideal weather for mushrooms. I was not wrong when I took off to the nearby woods this morning. (I have a day off today.) I picked up a basketful of mushrooms and went happily home.

This yellow mushrooms are Cantharellus friesii - one of the Chanterelle mushrooms that can be found in deciduous forests. The mushroom is edible, has a slightly pepper taste and that's why they call it Pfferlinge in Germany. I use to fry them with onion until soft and then mix in an egg or two. It is good with meat, on pizza or marinated too.

Volvariella bombicina

This one grows on dead or alive wood getting through the volva - an universal veil that covers the whole young mushroom before it brakes through and remains at the base of the stem. Many people mistaken it for Amanita but, unlike many poisonous Amanitas, this mushroom has no ring. This one was pretty big - it weighted 40 dag! The cap is white and seems hairy. The gills are deep salmon pink in colour. The whole mushroom has a pleasant odour.
 It is edible but not of great value.

Xerocomus rubellus

I sow many of them today. This mushroom is closely related to Boletus. The cap has beautiful red colour that reminds of velvet. The  pores are bright yellow. The mushroom changes colour when touched - it becomes blue - green. It is edible, but I did not picked it up today.

Boletus queletii

It is common species here where I live and appears frequently. It changes the colour on touch. The edibility is suspicious though some eat it in a way to cook them first in a hot water for a short period of time and then prepare as they like it.

Leccinum scabrum (photo by Danijel)

I picked a lots of Leccinum today. They look like Boletus but change colour on touch and stems are rough. Does not matter, they are edible. I cook them in hot water for three to five minutes, throw the water away and then prepare in usual way - fried onion, mushrooms, a little bit of salt and pepper... There are some other edible species of the genus leccinum that can be often found in the woods, especially in autumn.

1 comment:

  1. Chanterelles are one of my favorites!
    Very interesting information and great pictures you've included about these tasty fungi!


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