Category: fungi

I took this video two years ago, tried to make…

I took this video two years ago, tried to make it into a GIF, gave up, then forgot about it. It’s a soupy Scleroderma.

microcosmicobservations: microcosmicobservati…

microcosmicobservations:

microcosmicobservations:

microcosmicobservations:

Darwin’s fungus (Cyttaria darwinii)

1-14 at Omora Ethnobotanical Park on Navarino Island, Chile

Cyttaria darwinii is a fungus that parasitizes southern beech trees. I also may have taken a nibble of it when I encountered it in Chile…

A few have asked about the edibility, and to that I respond: it is not toxic, but as far as I know it’s not a choice edible or anything. And because I’m a monkey, I was like, “Cool! I can put this in my mouth then.”

Thank you @tomattomattomatto for your informative reply on the edibility of this lovely fungus. I looked further into it and from the Kew website:

The fungus has traditionally been used for food, and is still a valuable food item. Its importance in this respect was already known to Charles Darwin who discussed it in ‘The Voyage of the Beagle’ published in 1839. He wrote: “In Tierra del Fuego the fungus in its tough and mature state is collected in large quantities by the women and children, and is eaten un-cooked. It has a mucilaginous, slightly sweet taste, with a faint smell like that of a mushroom. With the exception of a few berries, chiefly of a dwarf arbutus, the natives eat no vegetable food besides this fungus.” Indeed, from the 1760s onwards, sailing ships used the fruitbodies as food supplements.

Small shrooms

Small shrooms

Cute gills

Cute gills

Desert fungi at the October 2018 Los Angeles M…

Desert fungi at the October 2018 Los Angeles Mycological Society meeting

Regular

Yellow Chanterelle, yellow kitchen

Yellow Chanterelle, yellow kitchen

Cooked fresh Chanterelles for the first time r…

Cooked fresh Chanterelles for the first time recently; they don’t grow in my area and they’re rarely affordable when in season, I’ve seen Chanterelles at local health food stores for up to $60/lb but I got these for $10/lb!

Regular

Regular