mushrooming – Did you hear the joke about the fungus? I could tell it to you, but it might need time to grow on you.

So you, my friends, know I like to eat.

I also like to eat inexpensively.   Which predicates that I like to forage.

You’ve probably eaten things at my house that include things I’ve “found”.

My newest interest is mushrooming.  I must have 12 different kinds in my yard.  Most of which unfortunately have proven to be poisonous.

Here are a few

I do have one patch of these gymnopus luxurians in the front yard, enough to make with one meal per harvest.

The other day I was on my way to CostCo,  I drove past a big group of mushrooms along the side of a small backroad.  I went a short way, turned around and explored them.  I took a few photos and got on my phones data and started to research.   It was taking too long so I just grabbed a bunch and punch them in the car.

Then driving past a bank I spotted another big group of different ones.  I turned around, took some photos, and this time had a stronger data link, these were definitely inedible. I left them.

Then, leaving CostCo, but still in their lot, I saw another big group of another different type.


boletesThese have turned out to be Boletes, the family from which we get Porcinis.  These are not porcinis, but are in fact Pulchroboletus Rubricitrinus.  I have cleaned them and they are ready for drying.

I was not quite 100% with my id, mostly because what you see in pictures never 100% agree with what you have.  So last night I ate a chunk.  And did the same this morning, no ill effects so I think I have at least correctly identified them as edible.


In a neighbors yard are these –  I’ve not yet caught them home to ask if I can take them, but I did take this picture.


Meripilus Sumstinei, Black Staining Polypore, quite desirable, and edible.  Apparently quite good pickled!  I am going to have to go undercover in the dead of night if I don’t catch these guys at home soon.

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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1 Response to mushrooming – Did you hear the joke about the fungus? I could tell it to you, but it might need time to grow on you.

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