Parasol Mushroom* - Macrolepiota procera
*Note: this ID is an educated guess, better mushroom hunters than me, what are your thoughts?
Since I’m not certain as to the ID of this mushroom, let’s talk about phylum! Specifically Basidiomycota the phylum of parasol mushroom and most of the mushrooms that you think of when you think “mushroom”. The other major phylum is Ascomycota and it contains such things as yeast, but also some fungi you may be familiar with, like scarlet elf cup, cordyceps, and the Morel!
Back to Basidiomycota, these species are characterized by their formation of sexual organs called basidium (which shoot out the spores). Fungal hyphae networks, or mycelium eventually produce fruiting bodies that have these basidium. You may have heard of these fruiting bodies… we call them mushrooms!
Basidiomycota is home to the majority of edible fungi, (and medicinal if I had to guess), but ALSO those are most lethal to humans. I find it very intriguing that both the most beneficial and harmful fungi are in the same phylum!
Basidiomycota ballistically discharge their spores out into the world which then begin to germinate and seek out other compatible spores. Once the compatible spores have found each other they will fuse in a process that is called plasmogamy! The hyphae of the two original spores, plus the hyphae from the new fused spore will continue to germinate which will eventually result in a beautiful mushroom that will once again send its spore out into the world and continue this process along!
And that my friends, is where your delicious, medicinal, and lethal mushrooms come from! I hope you enjoyed this deeper exploration into the biology of fungi, specifically those in the Basidiomycota phylum, and more specifically, mushrooms! Mycologist friends, check me on this, I want to make sure I didn’t over simplify things!
Let me know if you guys want more deep dives like this! Until next time, get out there and find some mushrooms!
Note: the divisons of these phyla and their importance was introduced to my by my friend Scott of @woodlandcravings , check him out!
Many of the “standard gilled mushrooms”, like this Cortinarius iodes, popping up in the forest are in an interesting symbiosis with the forest they reside in. This duo beneficial relationship of fungi and trees is called a Mycorrhizal symbiosis. The hyphae of the fungi surround the fine roots of trees to protect them from acidic soil and heavy metals. They also are able to gather water for the tree with their larger surface area than tree roots. The trees thank the fungi with the gift of carbon sugars and a niche to survive in. There can be species specific associations between the two players in the relationship, that’s why you’ll see in your field guides “growing under oaks” or “found in coniferous forests”. These forest associations can make or break your mushroom ID, so pay attention to your surroundings! #forage#cortinarius#cortinariusiodes#purple#nature#mushroom#fungi#fungus#forest#forestfloor#naturelovers#cort#purplecort#mycorhizae#fieldguide#fungi fungus #allthemushroomhashtags#mycology
After a long hiatus, my brother and I are back at it... and I’m fired up about delivering some fungal footage for you once again. Head to my YouTube channel to see today’s new post, I’ll be sharing what inspired me to start learning about fungi and mushrooms, I’ll show you around ‘my backyard’ and let you know what to expect in the future from Yellow Elanor…all while showing off some dazzling mushrooms, of course…and some good brother sister banter as well.
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Reishi, also known as Ling Zhi and the “Mushroom of Mortality” has so many benefits, it was actually reserved for royalty at one point! 👑
✅ Anti inflammatory [ ]
✅ Boosts immune system ✅ Improves memory ✅ May treat and prevent cancer ✅Helps regenerate liver
Now apparently these are edible. Iv seen numerous people eat them so I went ahead and tried one. They are actually really good! Slightly strange texture but you need to get the super ripe ones...they are really sweet.
Not sure what I can do with them now...maybe a jam or curd or something?? #cornuskousa#cornus
We’ve been exploring how the forest meets the farm on our plates in Northern Ontario. Today students and elders from Matawa Learning Centre visited @sleepygfarm then came back to the kitchen to cook up a meal with food from the farm and seasoning from the trees (spruce tips!). We also got the flour mill grinding some wild rice they brought from their harvest and milled it to flour. This will be incorporated into some fish batter when we look at food from the lake. #northernontario @ongreenbelt @ontarioculinary #forage#wildfoods#countryfood#borealforest
I am thrilled to be in Louisiana. St Francisville to be exact to speak at the Southern Garden Symposium. The welcome has been amazing and the dahlias are still going strong. More pics to follow and Tuesday tips and Thursday Tabletops will return next week #sumnerbdesignlectures#gardens#tabletop#entertain#forage
🍃🍂💼 Don't forget to forage for whatever it is you're wishing to find. It's not forgotten and it's yours for the taking, should it be meant for you to keep. It's wonderful to think we all came from the earth and we all go back there one day and in between we are all gardeners of our own stories to keep on growing. 💼🍂🍃
🌿🌿🌿 For the love of fern, utterly immersed in it's evergreen fantasy essence, foraging through this hidden greenhouse of fern foraging treasures. Finding this place felt like the uncovering of The Secret Garden. Everything has been long left to nurture it's self and some how survives. Nature nourishes us all as well as it's self. It's a balance to look up to and not just because you're the height of a pixie but because it's to be admired. 🌿🌿🌿
🍑🍂🌿Foraging through an abandoned greenhouse, coming across curiosities such as this. A tropical intruder growing within this contained, tropical wilderness. These are the moments I treasure . The time inbetween where you forget sadder days and soldier on, utterly in awe of the surroundings around you as beautiful and authentic as you. 🌿🍂🍑
I was in this lovely place today - the duck walk. A hundreds of years old walkway between fields. Full of native hedgerow plants and probably magic.
Thanks so much to @dawn4001 and her fantastic mum Jackie for inviting me round and telling me about the history and tradition of their farmland. ❤
Whipping up a new batch of calendula + rose facial toner today. I use this toner on my reusable cotton rounds to help battle awful dry skin and acne 💪🏼
1/4 cup calendula petals
2 tbsp rose petals
1/2-3/4 cup non alcohol witch hazel
Put all ingredients into mason jar, cover, store in a cool dark place for minimum 10 days, the longer it sits the more concentrated it will become. Strain and pour liquid into jar add 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil (these oils are both wonderful for skin conditions). Add cotton or bamboo rounds to the liquid and cover the jar. Wipe face and neck down daily 💛
Yesterday was a bay and rosemary Day. Making gorgeous hydrosols with a super group of people and sampling bay laurel ..strangely the same subject at home with a Roman day for the littlest fruitcake 😁 bay is such a beautiful plant that makes a super water for digestion, muscles, lymphatic and oral health (and brings the smell of autumn spices into the house!) 🍂 still photo courtesy of @clamoon ☺️