Tuesday, July 14, 2015

We Bought a Farm: Husband and his mushrooms

My husband is a mushroom FANATIC. He loves to find them and research them to oblivion before deciding whether it is edible or not. We have HUGE books on mushrooms at our house. (Is there really that much to know?) Truth: I don't even like mushrooms. I may have to work on improving this weakness in my person!

Here are two pics and descriptions from his Facebook page this last week.

Found this puffball mushroom while hunting mushrooms with my son. This is the same mushroom just 36 hours apart. We would have left it to keep growing, but the wind knocked it over. I also would have eaten it, but it was covered in and burrowed through with bugs. Fun memories!

I can't really explain how excited I am to have found an edible bolete on my farm! 
This species is delicious when I just sautéed it in butter and sprinkled it with salt and pepper!
It is Xanthoconium purpureum. It has no common name, so I am hereby referring to this mushroom as the Bauernhof Bolete (after our farm's name).
Please feel free to use the name as well! wink emoticon

1 comment:

constance said...

Wonderful!!! we grow mushrooms (on purpose! lol) and have found that it is a texture issue often for those who don't care for them. Try dehydrating and then powdering some to use as seasoning. This way you have the flavor without the texture. Or cut into smaller bits. My husband found some wonderful Chanterelles this morning. I will be sure to ask him what the second mushroom is. It would be terrific if it is a new species. Sorry the Puff was too far along. Hope you find more. There are so many ways to enjoy them! Just remember this caveat: all mushrooms are edible.... once.