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‘Magic’ Mushroom: Chinese Fungus Glows in the Dark

Posted on 26 August 2013 by Taylor Lockwood

On a recent trip to southern China, I came across glowing mushrooms while walking through a bamboo forest on my way home from dinner. More…

Eating Amanita muscaria

Posted on 15 December 2012 by Michael Wood

I often get surprised looks when I tell other mushroomers that I sometimes eat Amanita muscaria (and I do mean for dinner, not for other purposes). But the ‘fly agaric’ is a good edible mushroom if properly prepared. I slice the mushrooms thin and boil them in ample salted water for ten minutes, drain and rinse. (Some recommend a longer boil or two boiling sessions, but this has worked for me.) Then they are sautéed until brown. They won’t make my list of ten favorite mushrooms, but they are quite good and everyone likes them. More…

Intriguing Examples of Fungi Photography

Posted on 09 January 2012 by Michael Wood

Although my main focus has been on the scientific aspects of fungi, I have always particulary enjoyed the beauty of the form of fungi. I received an email last week from fungal photographer Warren Krupsaw pointing me to some of his photographs that do a fine job of illustrating the beauty of fungi. In the words of the photographer: More…

Paranoid Lunatics with Guns

Posted on 30 November 2011 by Michael Wood

In late October Dennis Desjardin, Fred Stevens, my wife Jane, and I drove to the Crescent City area of California to photograph mushrooms for a forthcoming book. Dennis, Fred and I have a contract with Timber Press to publish a book called “California Mushrooms”. It will include keys, descriptions, and color photographs to about 650 species of California macro-fungi. More…

CAF Popular Fungi

Posted on 21 December 2010 by Michael Wood

I’m often asked what are the most viewed species at the “Fungi of California“. So here is the list of the 100 most visited species from November 2010, listed in order of descending popularity.

  1. Boletus edulis
  2. Amanita muscaria
  3. Agaricus augustus
  4. Cantharellus cibarius
  5. Pleurotus ostreatus More…

WebWatch: Moreling on the Web

Posted on 02 July 2010 by Michael Wood

Morels are most likely on every mushroomers’ short list of favorite edible fungi. But delicious as they are, morels are much more than just a good meal. Morels are esoteric and mysterious, seemingly not bound by the rules of ‘ordinary’ mushrooms. Where and how to find them have become part of the folklore in much of North America, especially in the mid-west where moreling has been elevated almost to the status of religion. For many the hunt is the goal, so compelling that there are morelers that don’t even eat their catch! More…

The Hunt for Blue October

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Taylor Lockwood

“These people must think I’m nuts.” I had just finished an evening presentation for a couple of mushroom clubs on the Olympic Peninsula (WA), and passing on dinner and a warm bed, I headed into the darkness. More…

Web Watch: Useful References, Descriptions, & Keys

Posted on 09 November 2009 by Michael Wood

In this issue of WebWatch we will explore some useful references regarding the identification and classification of mushrooms and other fungi.  These are aimed at the amateur mycologist interested in progressing beyond the field guide level in their pursuit of mushroom identification and understanding of mushroom taxonomy and nomenclature. More…