How you can Do More Mushroom Hunting Safely

In an earlier posting I discussed mushroom hunting in Alaska. At the end of this article I am going to add still a few additional techniques to collect these most delectable fungi. To begin with, allow me to describe to you one special mushroom seeking incident that I neglected to point out in my earlier post. It occurred to me and my next almost 80 year old Dad across the banks of the Taku River back in the mid 1970’s. The good friend of mine, Ron Maas, had invited us to visit him and his wife, Kathy, at their now had family company, Taku Glacier Lodge. Supplies usually arrived at the lodge by barge or boat, however, men and women normally got there by float plane. Not just was this Dad’s first ever flight in a small plane, it was among the few times since arriving in America that he previously strayed Review more than a couple of miles from the home of his in San Francisco. His laughable comment to the hosts of ours was, “My son phones me to say that we are being mushroom hunting together, though I’ve to fly all of the way to Alaska on a jet and next take a float plane to get there – absurd.”
Kathy and Ron operated the lodge and the adjacent roughly 20 acres of highly forested land as a tourist attraction, though this particular day the lodge was closed to the public. And so, the 4 of us were going mushroom hunting. Ron had earlier noticed several big white puffballs (calvatia gigantea) and he needed us to be able to see them and also to ensure him that they were edible It had been on a trail barely wide enough to allow for Ron’s classic jeep pickup truck that we rode along looking for the puffballs but secretly hoping to find the elusive, deliciously famous king boletus (boletus edulis). After hours of fruitless tramping in the bear indicator loaded woods, I advised that we ought to probably give it set up for the morning – the mushrooms just were not growing yet. When Ron saw a pile of scat that has been still steaming, he agreed. He returned into the jeep in a rush. The majority individuals were close behind – Dad and I then flooring the open tail gate and riding backwards but still searching for mushrooms. As we neared the wide open grassy area around the lodge however within the surrounding forest, Dad yelled out a loud “STOP.” Ron did just that, and Dad hurried off back into the woods. When he returned he’d in the hands of his among the biggest and prettiest king boletus which I have already seen before or since. How he watched that mushroom with those old spectacled eyes of his is beyond me. Suffice it to state that a single very happy old man took that mushroom towards the kitchen of the lodge, brushed it clean (you never ever clean mushrooms), cut off of thick slices, dipped them in eggs and melted butter, and after that breaded them. If you ask me he added some onion or garlic salt for additional flavor. The ensuing fried up feast fed all 4 individuals unless we had been completely and blissfully sated. Dad departed for those bountiful mushroom filled forests in Heaven in 1986, but those kinds of remembrances will stay with me for good.
Today, the following are some additional suggestions. They are typically found by using the search engines available here on the internet. A few are from individual experience:
1. If you are not sure about the specie, don’t really try to ingest any of it.
2. In case you don’t heed the recommendations in #1 above, taste just a small bit of it. When it turns out to be poisonous, you’ll probably only end up having a poor tummy ache.
3. Read all that you can about the various species – the edible and also the non edible. Books with photographs of the numerous kinds of mushrooms are most helpful.
4. Stay away from the amanita specie. There’s one in that family that is delicious and highly recommended. Many of the others of the same specie typically look identical, but are both non-edible and downright lethal. Even old-timers have made mistakes with that specie – several deadly.
5. Rely on new texts when reading about mushrooms. Some of the older volumes aren’t as encompassing with regards to data on toxicity, etc.
6. Finally, if you are hunting mushrooms in bear country, be aware. Those animals can occasionally do you even more damage than the bite of also the most questionable fungi.