Our Outdoor Hour Challenge this month features Moss, Lichens and Mushrooms
and this week we’d like to share our study on
She went off on her own and made me guess where she found the mushrooms! I could identify the tiny white mushrooms as those that grow on an old tree stump in my veggie garden, and the slender stemmed white mushrooms that grow on the cow manure pile, but I was unsure about the brown mushroom … off to the field guide!
Which reminds me of our family’s first search through the mushroom field guide ~
Our first experience of eating our own wild mushrooms was when our neighbor visited us and brought us a handful of white mushrooms that he picked on his walk through our veld, which were delicious!
We have several kinds of edible mushrooms that grow on our grazing lands. Some are massive and can reach sizes over 30cm in diameter!
We are “fungi novices” and even though our field guide is very specific, it can be hard to differentiate between the edible and poisonous mushrooms!
After lengthy, detailed comparisons between our SASOL First Field Guide to Mushrooms of Southern Africa photos and physical descriptions, and careful examinations of our huge mushroom, we cut a section off and fried it in some butter and garlic. We (only my hubby and I) ate a tiny helping. It was delicious! We waited for a while and then went to bed. We survived! The next night we fried up the rest! It was so large that we froze some.
Mushrooms can look very similar!
and the infamous Death Cap mushroom ~
I suppose nothing motivates one more to accurately identify a mushroom than when faced with eating a potentially deadly fungi!
This week we did not have to eat any samples, but we did enjoy photographing the variety on our farm.
Join us for your OHC discoveries!