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Little Orange Mushrooms

10/09/2010

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A Cluster of Orange Mushrooms

I don’t know what kind of mushroom these are, but I came across them as I was hiking the woods around my place. Unless you pay close attention when walking in the woods, you will miss these little bunches of fungi.
One thing I’ve learned from reading about mushrooms is that they will change their look quite quickly – some of them. They may only last a few days or they can last into winter and beyond. Some are delicate and easily broken or mashed and others are as hard as a rock (almost).
As I photograph the mushrooms I see in my area, I look them up in my books for identifying and find that I seldom can discover what they are.
My Audubon “Field Guide to New England” only lists a few mushroom types and warns that at least 10 of the mushroom species in New England are deadly poisonous to eat so making a mistake in choosing can cost you your life. I will only be photographing and not picking to eat.

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  1. 10/09/2010 10:04 am

    Have you been able to find any edible ones using your book? I wonder if Criminis grow in the wild. Once you are able to identify the edible mushrooms in your area, you should have an endless supply!
    I consume mushrooms several times a week…mainly Crimini and Portobello because are loaded with nutrients you won’t find in most other foods (from what I’ve read), and because they are very tasty.
    The ones I mentioned above are very “meaty.” But, yes…like you…I would want to be absolutely sure (like maybe 110% sure) that what I was finding in the wild was safe to eat before loading up my frying pan or salad bowl.

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