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Mushroom picking

By 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 😉

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