Mushrooms: Mystical, medicinal, delectable, ecologically indispensible and sometimes potently dangerous!
Mushrooms, scientifically speaking, are a part of the fascinatingly vast kingdom Fungi. They play a critical role in nutrient cycling in a multitude of ecosystems and many plant species depend on a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with soil inhabiting fungi.
Pictured above are Calvatia booniana (western giant puffball, big CSR fan) and Morchella esculenta (yellow morel, big hide and seek fan). Both are edible but you should exercise extreme caution when electing to consume them due to disastrously, death inducing, dangerous look-alikes!
Educating yourself is the key to an informative and pleasurable sojourn into the world of mushrooms. Experienced mushroom hunters and high quality field guides will help you better understand the fungal world around you. Do your homework, but of course, do it outside.
If someone slips you the phrase ‘One man’s poison is another man’s panacea’, enter their kitchen with a closed mouth and much trepidation.
For more info check out the North American Mycological Association, or if you are keepin’ it local, join the Southern Idaho Mycological Association.
After you collect your tasty treasures, its time to….”Wash em, dry em, sauté them in some butter & wine (white).
Slice em, dice em, toss em in a quiche. Half em, don’t trash em, smoked salmon-cream cheese-chive stuff em,
strip em, sauté em, put em in a cream soup
carve em, shallot em, put em in a white lasagna
~me o my o morel me in a buttery tart-o
~ breakfast em, scramble egg em, wrap em in corn tortilla,
brown butter em, crème frache em, wrap em in crepe
Don’t let imagination stop you and the magnificent morel will never let you down. It be best advised to cook em (dont eat raw). Regardless how you use them, your soul (not to mention your stomach) will be filled with joy!
Have fun, but be careful!
Blog entry and photos contributed by CSR, Inc’s own, Matt Greer.
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