Wild Mushrooms

I was once a wild mushroom harvester. I mainly gathered chanterelles and morels for sale to restaurants around the world, but had the opportunity to sample lots of other less prolific varieties such as Chicken of the Woods, blue chanterelles and pine mushrooms. There is nothing like enjoying freshly picked morels stuffed with rice, pesto, and fresh fish by a campfire.

Although the most obvious allure of mushrooms is their tastiness, mushroom picking can connect you to the local environment in a truly meaningful way. Mushrooms are also a useful bioremediation tool and can help clean up environmental catastrophes large and small.

“In the last decade or so, mycologists have discovered that the same enzymes that fungi naturally produce to digest their food can also be used to break down toxic pollutants and petroleum products. Species have been discovered that can digest plastics, disposable diapers, motor oil, DDT, and Agent Orange as well as sequester and concentrate heavy metals out of polluted soil for later disposal. This emerging field of “mycoremediation” has only barely gained a foundation from which to grow on as in-depth research and experimentation in the last few years has been scant at best and suppressed at worst. As such a powerful ally in the fight to save the planet before ecological collapse, the fungi are now more worthy of investigation than ever before*.” The Radical Mycology Convergence organizer.

To learn more, check out their website: http://radicalmycology.wordpress.com/

Shaggy Mane

categories: Neckties, Wild Mushrooms

Eat local, forage for wild mushrooms!

categories: Eat Local, Neckties, Wild Mushrooms