|Edible mushrooms display - Vancouver Mushrooms Fall Show 2011|
I was attracted by mushroom's world since ever. In fact, I like more to discover them near pathways or hidden in grass, on logs or under leaves in my walkings.
|Mushrooms display at the entrance of Vancouver Mushroom Fall Show 2011|
Thinking more about them, I don't know what is more attractive: their colors, their shapes or textures... but I can easily spend from an hour to most of a day overlooking some new mushroom growing in the wild.
|Vancouver Mushrooms Fall Show 2011|
I did not know what to do first after I passed nearby the entrance displays : to walk alongside the over 4 dozens of beautifully arranged displays of freshly picked mushrooms, to read info from posters and displays about identified mushrooms, truffles and other fungi, with their poisonous, edible, medicinal and sacred status
or to buy the various artworks with mushroom and fungal motifs, and some books about mushrooms cultivation, identification, usage or preservation.
|Poisonous mushrooms display - Vancouver Mushrooms Show Fall 2011|
|Medicinal mushrooms poster - Vancouver mushrooms show|
|The Sacred Mushrooms poster - Vancouver Mushrooms Show Fall 2011|
Anyhow, I've learned to identify more than 20 edible mushrooms: Boletus Chrysonteron aka Cracked Cap Bolete, Calvitia Gigantea aka Giant Pufball, Clavulina Coralloides, Gomphus Clavatus aka Pig's Ears, Hygrocybe Miniata, Hygrophorus Eburneus, Leccinum Scabrum aka Birch Bolete and other varieties of bolete, Marasmius, Lyophyllum, Armillaria, Pleurocybella Porrigens aka Angel Wings, Russula Aeruginea aka Green Russula, Russula Brevipes, Suillus various types and Lactarius.
|Rusulla varieties - not all of them edible mushrooms|
It was an interesting lesson of identifying mushrooms, but I'm not sure I will be so courageous to hunt them in the wilderness of Canadian Rockies because some mushrooms from same family (like Russula, Suillus or Lactarius) are edible and other not.
|Suillus varieties - not all of them edible mushrooms|
|Lactarius varieties - not all of them edible mushrooms|
|Calvitia Gigantea aka Giant Pufball - edible if white inside mushrooms|
So, for cooking and studying how to grow mushrooms at home, we bought two kits of "grown your own mushrooms at home": one of Shiitake / Lentinus Edodes and other one of Tree oyster/ Pleurotus Ostreatus. We respected the instructions shared by experts on cultivation and I'm very curious to see how will appear the mushroom pins and how will grow undisturbed the caps through the slits created in bags. Hope to harvest my first crop of mushrooms before first winter freeze.
|Boletus Chrysonteron aka Cracked Cap Bolete - edible mushrooms|
|Clavulina Coralloides - edible mushrooms|
|Gomphus Clavatus aka Pig's Ears - edible mushrooms|
|Hygrocybe Miniata - edible mushrooms|
|Hygrophorus Eburneus - edible mushrooms|
|Leccinum Scabrum aka Birch Bolete - edible mushrooms|
|Marasmius, Lyophyllum, Armillaria - edible mushrooms|
|Pleurocybella Porrigens aka Angel Wings - edible mushrooms|
|Russula Aeruginea aka Green Russula - edible mushrooms|
|Russula Brevipes aka The Dipper - edible mushrooms|
"A picture is worth a thousand words", so, it is much better to see by yourself how amazing were the mushrooms displays at the Vancouver Mushrooms Fall Show 2011.