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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Number 19: Hunt and Identify Mushrooms
Every year when I go out berry picking I see lots and lots of mushrooms. I've always wanted to take some time to try to identify some of them. I friend lent me this really great, totally 80's mushroom guide. It has a dichotomous key in it which makes it much easier to identify unknown varieties. The difficult thing about trying to identify mushrooms in this area though, is that many of the species are unknown. Some species are very similar to the species in this and other books, but they are really never spot on. The other thing about mushroom identification is that their are many varieties of mushrooms that can have nearly the exact same characteristics, but one is edible and the other is poisonous. That's the part that makes it nearly impossible to ever really feel okay with eating any of the mushrooms because you never really are certain about your identification. The only mushrooms that I certain I can identify correctly every time is called the shrimp mushroom. It is edible, but I'm still leery about eating it. Maybe next year I'll start with just a little nibble, then work my way up from there.
I'm a high school science teacher currently living my dream of teaching out in bush Alaska. I'm always up for new adventures and like to travel anywhere and everywhere. This blog is a way to keep in touch with friends and family, journal about life, and share my experiences with the world.