Mushroom of the Month (MOM)

Learn a new mushroom or just refresh your memory! The M.O.M. page is a good source for background intel on mushrooms you may encounter in your wanderings.

Past Mushrooms of the Month

Galerina autumnalis, aka “The Deadly Galerina” (by Douglas Smith)

Mushroom of the Month: October, 2013

G.autumnalis.MO_DouglasSmith.jpg This month we take a look at a little brown job, that is dear to my heart but probably not to most of yours. Galerina autumnalis is a small brown job, growing on well rotten logs and stumps during wet months. And as a small brown job, why do people care at all here, since for most people those are the mushrooms you do best to ignore? This species has been shown to contain the same toxins as that of Amanita phalloides, a.k.a. “the Death Cap”. That species has been associated with the most cases of deadly poisonings around the world. But in the case of G. autumnalis since it is a LBJ (little brown job), it is rarely the case of mushroom poisonings, since who wants to eat LBJs anyway? But it comes up positive in tests for amanita-toxins, and in lists of poisonous mushrooms it always makes the cut. And people are always fascinated with deadly things, now, aren't they?

Matsutake (by Bob Sellers)

Mushroom of the Month: August, 2013

Of all the choice edible mushrooms that occur in our area, none has eluded me longer than the matsutake, Tricholoma magnivelare. The name matsutake literally means pine mushroom, from the habitat in which it is found in Japan. Formerly called Armillaria ponderosa, our species is a close relative of the Japanese form.

Mycophagy Challenge: Ten Edibles to find this Year (by Douglas Smith)

Mushroom of the Month: January, 2012

Editor’s note: This list pays homage to Douglas’ top ten favorites and serves as inspiration for collecting in the coming season.  It was published in the "Duff", our FFSC newsletter in October of 2008 and has been brought back this January for old time members to enjoy again and for our new members who may just now be exploring the world of edible mushrooms.  It is not a field guide...

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