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This is a discussion on Mycologist dream within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Great pics and I have learnt a lot about mushrooms.Always wondered about puffballs and now ...

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    Great pics and I have learnt a lot about mushrooms.Always wondered about puffballs and now I will be investigating those that sprout once in a while in my garden. My youngest son used to kick them when they turned brown and enjoyed seeing them burst into puffs of spores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    Thanks John...I would like to learn more edibles ones that can not be confused. I will be back that direction next weekend...The only ones I am comfortable with are "puff-balls" and morels...now Hericium sp thanks to you! John can you recommend a good field guide for edibles?
    I would recommend this one: Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America
    A Field-to-kitchen Guide
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    All of the super serious problems occur with gilled mushrooms (and as you know false morels are very toxic). There are good polypores that are easy to recognize safely (Grifola) and the bad boletes will only really make you very sick to your stomach if you get it wrong. There are general rules for boletes (not those with red tubes and blue staining in combination which puts you in section Luridi with Boletus satanus). Obviously they also have to taste good. B. edulus and Leccinum species are fairly distinct, but a relatively few number of individuals have GI reactions to the orange capped Leccinums. The Leccinums are all very tasty though and I don't know of any problems with the brown capped species. You have to look for Leccinum under Birch as they are symbiotic.
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    Thanks again John! I may have more pics for you next week to ID...lol I want to get a pic of that blue/green one I noted last week.

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    Oh, I got confused & thought that the blue stainer was the polypore pic. If it didn't stain it was more likely Tyromyces chioneus

    It is a fun game for me so yeah, post them up! I can definitely tell you good safe boletes from a pic.

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    Dear Mycologist, would similar looking mushrooms in our tropical countries be the same as those in North America, edible or otherwise? In Malaysia we frequently hear of people being sick and hospitalised after eating wild mushrooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Dear Mycologist, would similar looking mushrooms in our tropical countries be the same as those in North America, edible or otherwise? In Malaysia we frequently hear of people being sick and hospitalised after eating wild mushrooms.
    No, they are definitely not the same - in particular most of the worst poisonings in North America have been from people moving here and being unaware that they are different. However, what I said above applies everywhere in the world.

    This is a popular edible in tropical regions:


    This is a deadly North American species, it even has the same type of volva (cup at the base):


    You have to be absolutely certain especially with the gilled ones - the top one is Volvariella volvacea and is also called paddy straw, with pink spores (not the gills, the actual spores in deposit). The bottom one is Amanita virosa, the destroying angel, with white spores.

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    Thanks Mycologist,Looking at the examples above it would take a real expert to tell the difference.I better stick to the mushrooms on the supermarket shelves.

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