Exotic Mushroom Photographs and Elixirs

Interesting news from the Boston Mycological Society

If you go to the website: Lost at e minor: Photographers pay tribute to the wonderful world of mushrooms, you’ll get some really gorgeous photographs of mushrooms chosen for weirdness and wonderfulness (if that’s a word).

The NYTimes food section contained an article about a French company, Distillerie du Perigord, has produced two 36 proof elixirs (their word) of concentrated morel, porcini, and truffle flavors, which can be added to many dishes. They state the elixirs could be purchased at Zabar’s if you’re in NYC.

Have a wonderful and mushroomy (even without those elixirs) Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you on December 7th.

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Dec 7, 2015 Meeting: Holiday Potluck, White elephant exchange, Silent Auction

Our December 7th, 2015 meeting with be a potluck dinner and white elephant gift exchange with a silent auction. The dinner will start at 6:30 PM in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. Please bring a cooked or cold dish and your own beverage. (Note: there will be no kitchen access) The club will provide plates, cups, napkins, and utensils, but feel free to bring your own. If your dish contains wild mushrooms, please provide identification of the type contained in your dish.

For those that want to participate in the White Elephant exchange, please bring a wrapped present for the exchange.

Volunteers are needed for setting up and decorating the room. Set-up will begin around 6pm. We need help arranging tables and chairs, placing tablecloths, and decorating. Feel free to bring greenery or decorations.

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Boston Mushroom Club

(From the Boston Mushroom Club, BMC):
Dear Fellow Mycophiles,

Two bits of unimportant but enjoyable myco-stuff to access on the web, and one important suggestion..

First, if you didn’t get Sunday’s NYTimes Magazine Section, there was an nice article about foraging for mushrooms by Helen MacDonald (author of “H is for Hawk”). It was called “Death Sex, and Mushrooms”

Second, BMC member Gary Gilbert mentioned on the Club’s google group that he’d come across a website for British common names for mushrooms

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Mushroom Edibility by Denis Benjamin

Here’s a link to an article on Mushroom Edibility by Denis Benjamin and posted by Fungi magazine

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Mushrooms and Immunity

Here’s an interesting article about simple ways to avoid getting sick. Check out #4.

Here’s an article about Eating Shiitake Mushrooms to improve your immunity.

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Nov 2, 2015 Meeting – 6:30 pm David Rust & Officer Elections

The guest speaker for our November 2nd meeting will be David Rust. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM. November is also time for officer elections. All offices(President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Member-at-large) are open.

David’s presentation is title “Introduction to Wild and Edible Mushrooms”

David will describe different fungal shapes and strategies for spore dissemination. He will introduce fungal tree associations in Northern California and provide a synopsis of mushroom ecology. His talk will include warnings about the dangers of poisonous mushrooms and cautions about consuming species we assume are edible. He will even toss in some recipes, if you’re brave enough to eat mushrooms after hearing some challenging stories.

This is also an opportunity to learn more about North American Mycological Association (NAMA) activities and educational opportunities. David has been advocating the North American Mycoflora Project and encouraging clubs to engage in their own surveys to document local fungi, part of a new citizen science endeavor to document all fungi across the continent.

David Rust is president and webmaster of the North American Mycological Association (NAMA) and co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society. He created the science-oriented All California Club Forays in 2005 and coordinated the Mycoblitz science forays at Point Reyes National Seashore from 2005-2007. He is an active member of the Yosemite Fungal Survey and participated last spring in a National Geographic Bioblitz in Muir Woods National Monument. For over a decade, David has followed news and research about the devastating forest pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, which causes the disease known as Sudden Oak Death. He is a regular speaker at the Santa Cruz and Point Reyes National Seashore fungus fairs.

Pre-Meeting Dinner:
Join us before the meeting at 5 PM as we treat our guest speaker to dinner at Blue Water Grill 3667 India St.

For $25 you can join NAMA — the North American Mycological Association. NAMA generously puts their two (excellent) publications on the web so that anyone may read them; however, by joining you not only support a worthy group, but you become privy to their group emails, which are argumentative, educational, interesting and put you in the middle (with the option of joining the conversation) of what’s currently hot in the world of foraging. Current threads include one on the ability of favored species (like chanterelles) to withstand heavy pressure from pickers, and how (and if) to certify those who sell what they’ve collected to retailers, chefs or consumers. If you want more mushroom talk, and you’re not getting it at the dinner table, try NAMA!

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Oct. 5, 2015 Meeting – 6:30 PM: Mushroom Cultivation with Sam Andrasko

The guest speaker for our October 5th meeting will be Sam Andrasko. The meeting will be hosted in Room 101, Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park at 6:30 PM.

The presentation will include a discussion on the development of fungal hyphae with an overview of how fungi decompose matter, store energy, and the requirements they need to fructify. Examples of how commercially cultivated mushrooms are grown will be presented as well as what processes are involved. Before going home participants will have a basic understanding of what it takes to grow mushrooms for themselves, find needed information and help or even start their own mushroom production facility.
We will try to have spawn that participants can take home to try to grow mushrooms for themselves.

There will be NO pre-meeting dinner this month.

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July 3rd A Fair To Remember

We had a great time at the San Diego County Fair! There was a lot of interest in our booth and the mushrooms. Below are some pictures from the day.
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July 3, 2015 – San Diego Fair Info Booth

Requesting Volunteers:
Our group was invited to have an informational booth at the San Diego Fair on Friday July 3rd to promote interest in mushrooms and our group. Volunteers are needed to staff the information booth in shifts from 9 am to 5 pm. We have 10 free fair entrance passes for the volunteers. If interested in participating, please contact sdmyco@gmail.com with your name and interested volunteer time frame.
Here is the July 3 Booth at the County Fair flyer and County Fair map and booth location.

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May 9, 2015 – Garden Party for the Century

Thank you all who participated in the “Garden Party for the Century” Centennial celebration. Our wagon in the floral wagon parade was a hit. We had a lot of visitors to our booth. Below are a few pictures from the day.
Due to the success and interest in our group at the Garden Party, we were invited to have an informational booth at the San Diego Fair. If you missed participating in the Garden Party celebration, you have another chance to help promote mushrooms at the San Diego Fair on July 3rd. Stay tuned for more details.
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