love mushroom forays. The first picture is the Amanita muscaria or Fly
is very beautiful but nonetheless dangerous. The second image shows
Amanita muscaria and Boletus edulis fruiting together.
The third image,
Boletus edulis, is known as the Penny Bun
in England, Steinpilz in
Cep in France, Porcini in Italy and the King Bolete in the U.S.
fourth image shows the Chinese Forest Mushroom, Lentinus edodes, which
is prized for both culinary and medical purposes. The Chinese call it
and the Japanese call it Shiitake 椎茸 .
The fifth mushroom is the wild variety of the commonly cultivated Champignon or Pink Bottom,
campestris. The sixth photo
shows the gourmet, aromatic White Truffle,
Tuber magnatum pico and its equally
pricey partner, the Black Truffel,
Tuber aestivum. The
seventh photo is an electron photomicrograph
of Powdery Mildew...of course, one of everybody's favorites. The eighth
photo shows a few of the much sought after Morel, Morchella esculenta.
The next image is an extremely dangerous parasite of sorghum and other
grains, Claviceps purpurea.
This fungus ultimately causes
in animals and man. The next photo shows
Tree or Wood Ears 木耳,
polytricha, another staple of Oriental cuisine and medicine. The
picture is the Chicken of the Woods or Sulphur Shelf, Laetiporus
It is indeed a delicious edible and fortunately only attacks hardwoods that
are already dying. It is followed by a photo of the mushroom the
call Girolle, the Germans Pfifferling and Americans the Chanterelle,
cibarius. A bowl full of this very beautiful and greatly desired
was picked by my daughter Lisa and is shown posing on our picnic
The next photo is an open air produce market in Stockholm with a stall
loaded with freshly harvested Chanterelles. The fifteenth image shows
my wife's car trunk full (over 100 pounds) of Grifola frondosa or Hen of the
Woods which the Japanese call Maitake タコウキン科, one of our favorite edible polypores usually found in the Fall
near Oak. The sixteenth image is
Amadou or the Tinder Bracket, Fomes
fomentarius. This useful
helped start the fires of Native Americans and the early Colonists.
the last image is of one of my personal favorites, the imminently
Oyster Mushroom or Pleurotus
no circumstances, should anyone use this page, its pictures or
as a guide to edibility! Know what you eat! A friend gave us a German
recipe book entitled: "Alle Pilze Sind Eßbar, Manche Nur
Mushrooms Are Edible, Some Only Once!"
Oh Fungi are such useful Fare,
Wild Mushrooms here, old Toadstools there;
Mild Tree Ears, Oysters, Palates dare,
Morels, Shiitakes to prepare;
Though Caution rules, you must take Care,
Of Amanitas, just beware!
Midst darkened Woods, in silent Prayer,
On Stumps and Logs, like Flowers fair;
With Oaks or Firs, soft Moss Beds share,
Soon after Rains, no Time to spare,
Delicious though you’d best not err;
Most Mushrooms are beyond compare!
Green grungy Molds; white Truffles rare,
Caps' spongy Folds, toothed, scaled or bare;
Gills dense, Pores tight, around Stipes flare,
Dispense Spores light, abound through Air,
To spread with Ease, found Ev'rywhere;
Bake Bread, make Cheese, Vins-culinaire!
Rye Ergot Rots, blue Mildew, creep,
Dry Amadou to Chimney Sweep;
Why Penicillin, Compost Heap!
From Forays, beaucoup Harvests keep,
Come most Rewards, true Bounties reap;
In fruiting Forests, dark and deep!
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Howard B. Eskin 1997