The Mushrooms' Party continues - Photostory

in Fungi Lovers6 months ago (edited)


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Today I want to participate again in #FungiFriday with a post full of photos. Fungi Friday is a simple initiative that you can join by publishing a post focused on mushrooms theme: photos, stories, what you have available, as long as it concerns mushrooms. The reference community for my post is the Fungi Lovers community, take a look at it if you don't know it yet, especially if molds are a recurring theme in your habits as a reader or writer.

My post is essentially a collection of photos taken during a trip to the mountains surrounding the city where I live in. I reached the place a little less than two months ago, taking an outing in the woods: as usual, I didn't find edible mushrooms, just a few midgets that I decided to leave where it was. Instead, I picked up some chestnuts along the way, even though the harvest season was yet to come: I managed to fill a tiny bag before returning home, just enough to cook some boiled chestnuts.

But ... let's go to the point.

I took the photos thanks to my smartphone, almost always in automatic mode. I then left the photos in the archive, to dust everything off a few days ago, choosing the acceptable ones and retouching the colors and exposures thanks to an open-source graphics suite: if you would like to try it, you can find more information HERE.

I don't know the vast majority of the mushrooms portrayed, so I want to stress not to consider these mushrooms edible and never to pick or eat mushroom specialties that you don't know. Let's see an initial overview of the photos obtained.

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At last, I found a mushroom that I know: or rather, something very similar. I am not absolutely sure, so I invite you not to collect such mushrooms if you are not sure of their nature. Where I come from, they call it Drum Mace. It's an edible mushroom, but I'm not a lover of it. I have often seen it cooked on pans or wire racks like a slice of meat, and seasoned with salt, oil, lemon, and spices.

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Its name, I understand from a search on the web, would be Macrolepiota Procera.
It is a mushroom to which to pay a lot of attention: there are species, one in particular, highly toxic and extremely similar. One of the useful methods to recognize them - and which they taught me since I was a child at school - is the orientation of the ring present on the stem, just below the cap of the mushroom: in this particular species, the ring opens and look upward. A similar but also extremely toxic species is Amanita phalloides, a mushroom that contains alpha-amanitin, a real poison for humans. It usually differs quite well, due to the absence of noticeable spots on the hat, instead present on the drum mace.
A second type that I discovered on the web is practically identical to the drum mace, especially if it is small and young. Looking for news, I found experts who talk about 2 fundamental characteristics that allow us to differentiate them:

  • the stem, very knurled in the Macrolepiota procera; brighter, smooth, or composed of long rectilinear roughness in the poisonous species;
  • the flesh of the stem: if cut, the flesh of the drum mace remains white, unlike the poisonous species where it turns to yellow-orange.
    In short: pay attention!

The rest of the article is the second roundup of photos among those taken. Let's see them together.

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And with that, I finish my post. I hope you enjoyed it, or at least it didn't bore you. Soon I'll publish a post with black and white images, to give a more creative touch to my post. In the meantime, a greeting and have a good day. :)

Ps. I heard about a senior who has changed residence in these last few days. A thought goes to him in its new adventure.

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I don't think I would even touch any of these mushrooms but they look great in your photos which are absolutely stunning!

Thank you Olga, I think yours is the best choice, especially for people like me :D !PIZZA !LUV 1


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