Mushroom Porn

Funny how going to a mushroom fair can enhance your perceptiveness (and not in the way some of you are thinking!). Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have noticed these beauties in my own backyard, as they were deep under a rosemary bush.

I’m no mushroom expert, so don’t quote me on this, but I think they are common blewits, Clitocybe nuda. The spore print was a very light yellow/buff. If they are Clitocybe nuda, they are edible when cooked. I’ll just appreciate them for their beauty.

An administrative note: We’re flattered to have been the subject of a comment spamming attack all the way from Cebu City in the Philippines. Hello Cebu City! I’ve temporarily turned on comment moderation until the spamming folks get the idea that most of the visitors to this blog are probably not interested in dubious investment advisers and pharmaceutical sleep aids. Note to the spammers: ship us some durian and we’ll consider an advertising deal!

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  1. Very nice mushrooms. (Ooooh, baby!) They’re a seriously underappreciated group.

    I have at least one spammer at PATSP who has been attempting to spam me once a day, every day, since about Thanksgiving. So be prepared for the temporary comment moderation to be permanent.

  2. I need to look into mushrooms more. I have a childhood phobic aversion to them. Mainly because my mom put crappy mushrooms in EVERYTHING. I’ve only now accepted onions into my cooking fold after much therapy.

  3. Caught a great documentary, Know Your Mushrooms, on the Sundance Channel a couple of months ago. Really well done and fun to watch.

    Also enjoyed Paul Stamets talk on Ted Talk (reallylike Ted Talk) at http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world.html

    Mother Jones (Nov.-Dec.) also had a nice article on Stamets entitled “Return of the Fungi”. Here’s a link if interested:

    http://motherjones.com/environment/2009/11/paul-stamets-mushroom

    Thanks for all the recent mushroom talk. :)

    jed

  4. Are you absolutely SURE that you want a durian?

    Thanks for all the mushroom stuff lately- I like them. I’m kind of sorry that the one mushrooming book (which I haven’t cracked yet for lack of time due to doing other productive things) I bought is not a Stamets. I think that one is in my future though.

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