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OCTOBER 2003

Final Fungal Flurry

The September foray made up for in intrigue what it lacked in abundance. The fun -gals and -guys from the Utica area were tenacious about their search for the exact identification of some mystery mushrooms. About a dozen hunters collected enough specimens to fill the picnic table. We were stymied by a pale Bolete with a compact, tiny cap and a colorful gilled mushroom that defied classification. We identified
the following: Amanita citrina, A. parcivolvata, A. fulva, Leccininum scabrum, Suillus pictus, S. americanus, Clavicorona pyxidata, Hygrophorus marginatus, Laccaria ochropurpurea, Lactarius lignyotus, L. deceptivus, Laetiporus sulphureus, Marasmius siccus, Megacollibia platyphalla (Aka Tricholomopsis platphylla), Paxillus astromentosus, Piptopous betulinus, Polyporus radicatus and Scleroderma citrinum.
Our guest speaker gave a marvelous presentation, albeit to a rather small audience. We hope to see more of you for our final foray October 12th and the last meeting of the year on the 20th!

Mushroom of the Month

Laetiporus sulphureus. Also known as Chicken of the woods or Sulphur shelf, is an unforgettable sight when first spotted from afar. Its vivid orange and sulphur yellow colors seem to glow from an internal light when it is young and tender. It is one of five edible mushrooms that have no poison lookalikes. It is a shelflike, stalkless polypore that grows in overlapping clusters on trees, stumps or logs. The upper surface is smooth to suedelike and bright orange when young, fading in color and hardening with age. The underside is bright yellow with tiny pores. When young, it exudes a yellow juice when cut. The flavor and texture are remarkably similar to filet of chicken and is an excellent substitute for chicken in most recipes. It can also be frozen uncooked with little or no damage to its flavor or texture. Simply slice and freeze on wax paper, transferring to a labeled plastic bag when frozen. Do not thaw frozen mushrooms before cooking.

A Mystery has been solved!! The missing View master slides have reportedly shown up in a neighboring city! We will share them with you as soon as we have them back in custody!!

From the News

A Wall Street Journal article from September 10th by James P. Serba, a front page Journal reporter and author of a book "Frankie's Place, a Love Story". A seasoned 'wild mushroom gather', Mr. Serba relates a tale of a "very minor episode involving our mushrooms and our friends began to be BLOWN TOTALLY OUT OF PROPORTION…by fear-mongers and fungophobes". He had generously shared some of his prized Boletus edulis as a gift to friends (and rather high profile people) who had shared them with friends (other high profile people) on their boat on an overnight cruise. "They ate the mushrooms on their boat and they were sick all night-tossing their cookies and fearing the worst." He insisted, however, that "there was no way a spongy bottomed boletus, a gill-less 'shroom, could do (them) in, of course. But (they) didn't know that, and had read my new book, in which I wrote about mushrooms used as murder weapons in mystery novels. And I had quoted the late Donald Malcolm, a New Yorker magazine writer who wrote in 1958'It is hard to understand why mushroom hunting has been neglected by lovers of dangerous sports'." Mr. Serba, as a result of this episode, added a "couple of corollaries to
the 'shroom rules: NEVER ACCEPT UNKNOWN SHROOMS FROM EVEN
YOUR CLOSEST FRIENDS. NEVER TAKE WILD MUSHROOMS ON A BOAT, AL DENTE IS FOR PASTA, NOT FOR 'SHROOMS."

FROM THE ARCHIVES

CNYMS founding member Vince O'Neil sends the following information: CNYMS came into existence in early January 1980, when a small group met at ESF. The dues paying members as of 9/23/80 were the following: Bonnie Armstrong, Bill Eichenlaub, Dr. Mildred Faust, W. Elliott Horner, Jed Hyde, Dr. Josiah Lowe, Ann Miller, Jeffrey Morrell, Vince O'Neil, Dottie Podsiadlik, John Polishook, Vaughn Rinner, Gloria, Martin and Sam Sage (present members), Karen Slotnick, Herb Smith, Conrad Strzik (present member), Russell and Virginia Will, Fred Terracina, and Bob and Julie Weibezall. . Early officers were VinceO'Neil as chair, Vaughn as secretary, Jed as treasurer, Karen and Conrad on program committee, Virginia and Russell on organization committee and Jon on field trips committee. The first foray was in search of Morels on May 18th 1980. The site was on a road off route 5 near the boundary of Madison and Onondaga counties. The group picked over 200 morels in less than 2 hours. Dr. Josiah Lowe, professor of Mycology at ESF and well known author of publications on polypores was present, as was Professor Edson Setliff, authority on the effects of fungi on forest preserves. Professor Setliff, who later relocated to Oregon, was the society's initial advisor. Subsequently, Professor Tim Baroni of Cortland provided valuable professional input to the group.


Calendar of Events - 2003

Meetings are over for the winter
Watch for news on 2004 coming soon

All meetings are at 7:30 pm room 127 Illick Hall on the ESF campus of SU.


Just like the Audubon Society, CNYMS will publish a monthly list of Fungal sightings on your walks or in your own backyard! In the interest of science, as well as for the love of fungi, send your list or interesting findings to Jean at "mushroom@zhighway.net" or 445-1463.

Got any recipes, stories or info to share? To put it in the Newsletters contact:

Jean O. Fahey- Editor

Any questions or input for newsletters contact:
Jean Fahey (Club mycophagist and editor) 232 Edgemont Dr. Syracuse, NY 13214 445-1463
Or Bernie Carr (chairperson) 210 Parrish Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205 469-9379.


Don’t miss out by not staying current on your dues. If you don’t remember when you last paid, send your $10 dues made out to CNYMS to Rick Colvin (treasurer) 1948 Conners Rd., Baldwinsville, NY 13027.

Bernie Carr, Chair
Central New York Mycological Society
469-9379
"bcarr@zhighway.net"


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