Wednesday, May 5, 2010
A feast unknown
Autumn rain and the island fields are turning emerald, and mushrooms are coming up all over the place. Without looking to see if I was very short and had hairy feet, you already knew my greed for mushrooms is substantial. Unfortunately, I also know a fair bit about toxic mushrooms - I'm writing about the Renaissance and a fair bit of assassination came into that. I've done a great deal of research about historical ways of meeting a grizzly end as a result, and mushrooms feature. Also... this is Australia. Everything I knew got left behind. These to me are the most promising. They look right, and smell right, and Inge says they're Ok...
Next of course are the boletes - slippery jacks - I am pretty sure they're edible.
Morrie2 - these are much bigger, some up to 15 cm across.
then there are these 'prickly looking ?puffballs.
and these ones the slugs/snails/mice loved.
I wasn't sure if they were a kind of puffball, truffle, thing-from-Altair, or a undeveloped bolete.
Then there were these shaggy-ish fellows.
with white gills (always makes me wary- not always with reason)
And finally these very dodgy looking ones on the front lawn.
which something as you can see had been eating despite the white gills
But so far I am steering clear of actually eating any of them. Any clues, anyone... even 'don't touch that for your life'