Good morning, everyone!
Today I’m going to share more mushroom pictures from my most recent Colorado adventure. This is as much an informational post as scenic because I’m going to teach you how to properly collect a king bolete mushroom.
But first, an important warning: never eat any mushroom if you have the slightest doubt that you’ve properly identified it. While all mushrooms are safe to touch/non-topically poisonous, many of them are distressful-to-deadly when eaten. An important adage: there are old mushroom hunters and bold mushroom hunters, but no old, bold mushroom hunters. Always learn from those who know so that you have the confidence in what you harvest and eat. Properly identifying mushrooms is fun and a good way to ensure you won’t be rushed to the hospital, so get a good guide or app to supplement your mentor. Finally, to be safest, make a spore print for the most accurate identification.
Another thing to keep in mind is that most mushrooms need to be cooked. Even non-poisonous ones can have some proteins and enzymes that can cause gastrointestinal distress. Technically you can eat many varieties raw, but I prefer to cook them, often in butter with some garlic and shallot/onion.
Before we get to the instructions, I wanted to share a few of the other fungi I found while searching for the king boletes. Tomorrow I shall conclude this mushroom extravaganza with some older pictures showing a greater variety.
Just some mushrooms growing along a branch. I didn’t bother trying to identify them.
Again, another neat specimen that I didn’t identify. Love the scales/shaggyness!
Ah yes, the Amanita Muscaria, the “Alice In Wonderland” mushroom. Bright red with marks. Slightly poisonous, allegedly semi-hallucinogenic. I figure if you want to hallucinate on mushrooms, go find some cow patties and eat something well-known for its “medicinal” use. The nice thing about these from a king bolete hunter’s perspective is that, if you see one or more of these, you should expect to find some boletes nearby too. I don’t think they compete, but I’ve almost always found one or more boletes within 20 feet of an amanita muscaria.
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