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Ukraine Mushroom Hunting Helps Pandemic Woes

‘I Have Never Seen So Many Toadstools.’ A Bumper Crop of Mushrooms in Ukraine.  Hunting for mushrooms deep in the forest is the ideal socially distanced pastime.
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The Blob

A French Microbiologist talks about her relationship with a slime mold.
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Eating mushrooms and cognitive decline

Can eating mushrooms help stave off Alzheimer's?
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How do you describe mushroom tastes?

Mushrooms have very distinct flavors that are challenging to describe.
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Can lightning improve fungi fruiting?

Old timers stories aren't just stories!
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"Hawk's Wing" may be worth a try

Sarcodon imbricatus, "Hawk's Wing," has been added to the list of edibles of many local mushroom hunters.  The bitter look-alike, Sarcodon scabrosus, less scaly and with a green tinge at the bottom of the stem, growing with lodgepole pine, can ruin your meal. 
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Oregon Black Truffle record!

At our “Survivor’s Banquet” on Feb. 8, Betsy brought in truffles to show her latest treasures. This Oregon black truffle was found with a truffle dog in the Willamette Valley and was about 15 oz.! Dr. Charlie LaFevre says it may be a record! It smelled a bit citrusy, pineappley and earthy.
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Mushroom Cultivation

 Linda with her home-grown "Garden Giant" - Stropharia rugoso-annulata!  We are looking for experienced cultivators to add their experience to this page
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The Gypsy - Cortinarius caperata

A recent comment asked where to find Cortinarius caperata in capsule form. I did not know it was medicinal, so I looked it up. It seems that the Gypsy has anti-viral properties, especially associated with herpes and influenza.
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