The magic of mushrooms: Wouldn’t eat that if I were you

Before you complain about this rainy streak ruining our leaf-peeping season, look down at the mind-blowing peep show on the ground. Such colors and variety of fungi have sprouted! Even The New York Times noted the new urbanscape diversity, in a Page One story today, here.

Grouchy Georgetown University doctors pooh-pooh my ‘shroom-hunting hobby since two local men became seriously ill going wild with salad and stir-fry. Sigh. I’ll settle for photographing the neighborhood crop; perhaps an expert out there can tell me whether they’re tasty or toxic. (You know what they say: All mushrooms are edible — once.) These were all found within a half-mile from home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=22icUqQT404

2 thoughts on “The magic of mushrooms: Wouldn’t eat that if I were you

  1. Hello! I can’t be sure, but after paging through my Simon & Schuster’s mushrooms guide, my best guess is “russula lepida” — one of the truly edible varieties. I was hoping a mushroom expert would stop by and help us out.

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