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This past fall, while out on the tundra of Northwestern Alaska our family was out picking wild berries.
The kids kept asking me about mushrooms that were all over the place.
Button type, cap type and some sort of oyster type.
Some patches were rather thick.
That got me to thinking.
I didnt even try to determine the ones we saw if they were poison or not.
I noticed the particular areas the wild ones grew.
And I got to thinking.
I dont see any that can be confused with morel mushrooms.
And I got to reading about the morel's and their element.
They arnt really easy to grow.
But if they did grow here they couldnt be confused with any others.
So I think I might try growing some in the willow thicket behind the house.
I read about tge bed preperation and nutrient requirements.
I think the willow patch just might be the place to start a bed and see if they will grow here.
Some the basics was wood ash and sand in the bed material.
It said the bed needed to be forked over 6-8 "
That might be kinda hard to accomplish in a willow thicket but not impossible.
Folks have allot of camp fires along the beach using drift woof flushed down during spring break-up.
So it wouldnt be to hard to find a old campfire with wood ash, charcoal and sand.
Id just need to scrape some up and bring home and rake it into the seed bed.
I already orderd a starter kit off the internet (looks like a treated sawdust).

Reading about mushrooms I noticed the were selling some sort of wooden dowels.
The wood dowels are treated with spores and one has to drill holes in the specified wood log the mushroom has an affinity for.
In some cases Birch and Alder.
Two wood types that I can gather in my region of Alaska.
A mushroom seeded log can be placed where you want and you know the mushrooms growing on the log you seeded and placed there should be the ones you want to chance eating.
So now that Im thinking about it, I can gather materials for mushroom production.
I want to check out more litrature at the library on the growing aspect.

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I love mushrooms
I fear them just as much
I grew up eating wild picked but truly never
learned the art
Have looked into the spore and plug but not yet tried

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I love mushrooms, my wife doesn't. Once in a while she will fix something with mushrooms just for me. Mushrooms don't thrive where the average annual rainfall is around 12-13 inches so it's the grocery store for my mushrooms.
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O&S, l collected mushrooms when I lived in NM. There their you just need to move up in altitude. Mostly I collected the shaggymains at about 7-10,000 feet. Oysters and lobsters are up there too. Picking is good during elk season.

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When we have a spell of wet weather which is not a regular thing you can find a few mushrooms. Eating them? No way.


Where did you find a lobster in NM? Are you sure they weren't big crawdads? I've seen a few big ones in the Pecos River and they do turn red.

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Years ago I used to collect the common edible mushrooms..however, in recent years I hear of knowledgeable mushroom hunters being fooled into eating some bad ones.

Needless to say, I only use commercially raised mushrooms these days.

We have something here which we call "puffballs". They grow on the ground, looking like a white ball up to about 8", some folks slice these and eat them, and I suppose they are quite safe, since by their shape they are unique enough not to be confused with another.

If you don't get them the first day..they dry up, turn brown and when kicked or stepped upon the release a big puff of dark brown powder. Thus.."puffball".

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Here's one you can find in stores, raise or find in the wild, it's supposed to be the only food that can regenerate the myelin sheath around the nerves, and that is what ms attacks,
This is supposed to taste like lobster-
draxe.com/lions-mane-mushroom/

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I love mushrooms, my wife doesn't. Once in a while she will fix something with mushrooms just for me. Mushrooms don't thrive where the average annual rainfall is around 12-13 inches so it's the grocery store for my mushrooms.
I mostly hunted elk in the Gila National Forest. And thatís where I gathered mushrooms. The lobster is a mushroom with a lobster taste.

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I mostly hunted elk in the Gila National Forest. And thatís where I gathered mushrooms. The lobster is a mushroom with a lobster taste.

Ooooo-Kay. Not being a mushroom connoisseur I didn't know there were such things. No matter, I care nothing for real, out of the sea, lobster so I won't be hunting any of these down. Cafe and grocery store mushrooms are all I'm familiar with.
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I gathered about 10lbs of morels last spring. I gave lots of them away to my 90 year old father in law and will now get his inheritance. Ha. I like them but they are pretty rich. If I eat a big batch of them then I need to make sure it's on an evening when I can stay close to the white throne in the little room!

We also have grey mushroom which can be mistaken for ones that would make a fella real sick. The puff balls are pretty common too and I tried them ones and was not impressed. They lacked flavor and were mushy......could be that I didn't know how to cook them too!
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