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September 2004

Jean O. Fahey- Editor
Fungal Wonderland

As Autumn leaves
Begin to fall
The mushrooms hide
Beneath it all

The August meeting was truly a standing room only event! Nancy Kaiser surpassed all expectations will her Wild Edibles program. Thanks, Nancy, for treating us once again to your wild world of free food! The foray at Buttermilk Falls was well attended and fruitful , as evidenced by the following list by Paula Desanto: Amanita virosa, Boletus edulis, Cantharellus tubaeformis, Clavariadelphus truncatus, Clavulinopsis fusiformis, Craterellus fallax, Galiella rufa, Helvella crispa, Hydnellum scrobiculatum, Hydnum repandum, Laccaria laccata, Leotia lubrica, Marasmius oreades, M. rotula, Microglossum rufum, Phylloporus rhodoxanthus, Pleurotus ostreatus, Sarcodon imbricatus, Tremellodendron pallidum, Tremellodendropsis semivestitum. Thanks Paula!

The VanderKamp foray was great fun and Paula has an extensive list which she will email to those who would like it. Thanks MYMS for the invite! Thanks Dr. Weir for the IDS!
-  Jean

icnhen.jpg (21171 bytes)Mushroom of the Month
Grifola frondosa:Hen of the Woods; Maitake

The Hen of the Woods is widely regarded as an excellent edible mushroom in Europe as well as North America. It has no dangerous look-alikes. It fruits singly or in groups on the ground, at or near the base of deciduous trees or stumps, especially oak. It consists of a cluster of overlapping grayish brown spoon-shaped caps. The underside of each cap is white or pale yellow with tiny, shallow pores that descend a white lateral branch. These branches are fused together in bundles that stem from a white, thick basal stalk. It has a mushroomy odor and a mild taste. Known in Japan as Dancing (Mai) mushroom (take), the whole mushroom shows benefits as a tonic and specifically useful in lowering blood pressure, reducing serum cholesterol, lowering blood sugar and weight loss. It is believed to boost the body's own immune system against cancer and viruses. Just another reason to start looking for baby Maitakes now so you can have your 'take' and eat it too.


Hen of the Woods Salad

Bernie needs volunteers to help with the Beaver Lake Workshop September 25th and 26th. Email: mycocarrex@verizon.net or phone 469-9379.

General elections will be at the October meeting. Please submit names for President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary to Bernie or Jean before then.

Don't forget to take your camera with you when you are mushroom hunting! Your photo could be the winner of our first ever Photo contest! Photos can be digital, slides, or regular 35mm film. Only three photos per person will be accepted and must be submitted to Bernie or Jean by October 1st.

We have boxes of wax paper bags for sale for $2 for 60 bags. They are the best container for your fungal specimens!

To Wash or Not to Wash

There was an article reprinted in the New Jersey Mycological Association (NJMA) News recently that had apparently been reprinted so many times that the origin of the article was rather questionable. It discussed the ongoing argument between washing and not washing mushrooms, whether store bought or harvested from the field. The argument for the non-washers stated that the mushrooms would soak up water and lose flavor due to the washing. The side for washing the mushrooms cited many experiments that soaked several types of mushrooms, as well as other vegetables and measured the water-weight difference after the soaking. The results were that the water was on the surface and not absorbed into them. It was noted that if you find your mushrooms giving off a lot of water in the saut pan, it's not because you've washed them. It's because the mushrooms themselves are almost entirely composed of water and you've crowded them so much in the pan that the expelled steam can't escape. The NJMA editor's note dully warned to not let the washed mushrooms sit around for long periods or they will turn dark and slimy.


All Meetings are on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. room 127 Illick Hall on the ESF campus of SU unless otherwise noted.

SEPTEMBER 25th and 26th Beaver Lake Nature Center foray and workshop.

SEPTEMBER 30th to OCTOBER 3 Wild acres Regional NAMA Foray in Wildacres, NC

OCTOBER 17th Highland Forest Foray

OCTOBER 18th Final Meeting and 1st ever Photo Contest.

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