Mushroom picking

akinom 5 March 2012 33

I realise people might be sensitive about picking mushrooms given the deaths last month.

But I just picked some fabulous pine mushrooms off O’Connor Ridge.

I won’t describe them as I don’t want to encourage newbies.  But those in the know will know where to go to find them.


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Watson Watson 11:04 am 08 Mar 12

jayskette said :

Well you’ve learned your lesson OP. You should have changed the heading to “Attention – for EXPERIENCED mushroom pickers only!!!”

I doubt that would help on RA. You would still get people with no confidence in humans’ ability to learn and make rational decisions call you irresponsible.

akinom akinom 10:10 am 08 Mar 12

jayskette said :

Well you’ve learned your lesson OP. You should have changed the heading to “Attention – for EXPERIENCED mushroom pickers only!!!”

Yup … next time.

jayskette jayskette 1:06 pm 07 Mar 12

Well you’ve learned your lesson OP. You should have changed the heading to “Attention – for EXPERIENCED mushroom pickers only!!!”

shauno shauno 12:50 pm 07 Mar 12

Myles Peterson said :

“Any news on how this years blue meanie crop is looking?”

I remember half of Narrabundah college wasted off a massive crop that spawned on Parliament House. The half that turned up to school that day.

Haha was Wyne one of them

poetix poetix 12:07 pm 07 Mar 12

I was wondering if the death caps would also be fatal to dogs? My staffie eats anything and would not turn her nose up at a mushroom. She is often in O’Connor Ridge.

dungfungus dungfungus 11:42 am 07 Mar 12

EvanJames said :

yellowsnow said :

The pine plantations around Canberra should be ripe for the picking this weekend.

Bound to be. I have one self-sown radiata pine, it’s very lonely, and all around it are yellow … slippery jacks? They must be programmed into the roots somehow, there’s no other pines for miles.

There is something released that activates the mushroom spores. This happens with native terrestial orchids too. Scientists are studying what happens with the rare underground orchid in the hope that there maybe a cancer cure lead.

EvanJames EvanJames 10:12 am 07 Mar 12

yellowsnow said :

The pine plantations around Canberra should be ripe for the picking this weekend.

Bound to be. I have one self-sown radiata pine, it’s very lonely, and all around it are yellow … slippery jacks? They must be programmed into the roots somehow, there’s no other pines for miles.

dungfungus dungfungus 9:30 am 07 Mar 12

Did you here about the mushroom that tried to pick up a hot babe in a bar?
She declined his offer stating that she wouldn’t feel comfortable being seen with a mushroom.
He said : “that’s a pity because I am really a fun-guy”

dungfungus dungfungus 9:27 am 07 Mar 12

akinom said :

I am encouraged to hear that there are other mushroom pickers out there who seem to know what’s what. I learned about the pine mushroom from my Polish mother. The mushroom fried in butter provides a very satisfying meat-like dish. My sons love them. But you need to cook them pretty soon after collecting as it does get mouldy. I’ve now spotted a heap in Haig park. One side effect is that your wee becomes orange.

Some mushrooms contain elements that are helpful in cancer treatment. They also turn urine yellow.

akinom akinom 8:35 am 07 Mar 12

I am encouraged to hear that there are other mushroom pickers out there who seem to know what’s what. I learned about the pine mushroom from my Polish mother. The mushroom fried in butter provides a very satisfying meat-like dish. My sons love them. But you need to cook them pretty soon after collecting as it does get mouldy. I’ve now spotted a heap in Haig park. One side effect is that your wee becomes orange.

Watson Watson 8:23 am 07 Mar 12

We have stacks of fairy ring champignons in our area. Probably not as exiting, but they are easy to recognise and abundant.

Might go for a trip to the pine forest on the weekend to see what it’s all about.

yellowsnow yellowsnow 12:04 am 07 Mar 12

I’ve been picking mushrooms all my life (in Australia and Europe) and while I wouldn’t recommend it to novices who haven’t been taught the art by sagely masters, it’s impossible to get a pine mushroom mixed up with a death cap. They look very distinct.

The pine plantations around Canberra should be ripe for the picking this weekend. If you’re interested, look out for European looking people carrying baskets in the woods and ask them to show you the ropes.

SnapperJack SnapperJack 4:23 pm 05 Mar 12

Myles Peterson said :

“Any news on how this years blue meanie crop is looking?”

I remember half of Narrabundah college wasted off a massive crop that spawned on Parliament House. The half that turned up to school that day.

Must have been the same time as when I was at Phillip College and kids used to draw giant mushrooms on the blackboards and organise picking exhibitions to the fields at Araluen 😉

c_c c_c 3:09 pm 05 Mar 12

jessieduck said :

Why would you feel the need to post this? It’s irresponsible and insensitive. Bad judgement call writing it and bad call posting it.

Oh please. I’m assuming akinom has the appropriate knowledge of mushroom identification to do it safely and his (or her) post is intended for other appropriately equipped individuals.

If some dim-wit who doesn’t know about them wants to go off and try their luck, that’s their fault. Really sick of all this cotton wool in society. Time for people to be responsible for themselves for a change.

Myles Peterson Myles Peterson 2:54 pm 05 Mar 12

“Any news on how this years blue meanie crop is looking?”

I remember half of Narrabundah college wasted off a massive crop that spawned on Parliament House. The half that turned up to school that day.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 2:50 pm 05 Mar 12

Any news on how this years blue meanie crop is looking?

EvanJames EvanJames 2:42 pm 05 Mar 12

Zan said :

I also recall see a photo on the front page of the Canberra Times of a mushroom which pushed its way through the bitumen in front of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

There was some of those at the old AME school too, yellow ones, I think they were those Slippery Jacks or whatever they’re called? They pushed right up through the road, and that bit of road had been there a while.

Zan Zan 2:35 pm 05 Mar 12

The Australian National Botanic Gardens have web page re fungi http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/deathcap.html

The link to the ACT Health no longer works. There is also a link to reports of poisoning. It is very interesting reading.

When I came to Canberra way back in 1949 (shock horror), the family lived on mushrooms, some of which were the size of dinner plates. I also recall see a photo on the front page of the Canberra Times of a mushroom which pushed its way through the bitumen in front of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

Watson Watson 1:26 pm 05 Mar 12

shirty_bear said :

Watson said :

In Europe it is normal to go out mushroom picking in autumn, and not because of the lack of poisonous ones…

What? You’re suggesting that mushroom picking would not lose popularity in Europe if there were indistinguishable yet lethal ‘shrooms also scattered around? That beggars belief.

I think they have the same types of poisonous mushrooms there as we have here. Awesome travelers, those spores. Yet people don’t go all hysterical about it there. In fact, they are a lot more aware of the need for education on identifying mushrooms, which is sadly totally lacking here.

I’m sure it cannot be that hard to tell a deathcap from a button mushroom if you know what to look for.

MissChief MissChief 1:09 pm 05 Mar 12

Mmmmm… mushrooms!

Did anyone else get that brochure about not eating wild ones and wonder why it wasn’t also written in foreign?

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