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7 responses to “Tickled by Pinks”

  1. Peter

    Hank, thanks so much, for you have just lifted a curtain of doubt from my mind. Back where I grew up in Marin County CA, buttons were all we ever encountered. Then we moved to the foothills and began finding semi-doubtfuls to the point that I lost all confidence in picking what showed up. Now that I know the yellow scritch test I am going to be a lot happier.

    But one other possible tell-tale about A. californica – Does the cap show as brownish with cracks running across it, instead of smooth?

  2. Oliver Brown

    Thanks Hank,
    My ‘shrooming motto, although it doesn’t come as easily as “if in doubt, go without”, is ‘there is no mycophagy without mycophily’. I reckon you need to revel in the biology – the ecology and the taxonomy – to get in the swing of it.
    An interesting corollary perhaps to the duck cookbook: edible ‘shroom hunters and local mycology clubs overlap in the way that duck hunters and duck ecologists once did. Our still-unrivalled text on anatids in Australis was written by a Frith – that he was a duck hunter is something birdos try not to focus on these days…

  3. Emma

    One of my favorite mushroom hunting memories – near the end of a half-day mushroom ID class as a college freshman, the instructor pointed out a treasure trove of meadow mushrooms growing in the grass near our parking lot. For the next twenty minutes, college students were running about with crazed looks in their eyes, grabbing mushrooms left and right, as many as they could carry. Like kids in a candy store!

  4. Carter

    Hank, you’re making me itch to find some “pinks”! They sound delicious. Seems like they don’t fruit as prolifically in my area as yours. In addition to the omni-present yellow stainers, I’m finding a fair amount of small to moderate sized red-staining Agaricus near my porcini spots. Haven’t been able to key them out successfully yet… Any thoughts?

  5. Anita

    Thanks for a fun and informative piece. I’ve embarrassed my family by picking morels from yards where fancy-schmancy peeps have mulched with redwood compost. Mmm mmm MMM!

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