Thursday, February 08, 2007

What not to eat

Just heard an interesting piece on NPR about a woman who studies mushrooms, in particular Amanita phalloides, the death cap. I've got a thing for mushrooms, both the 6 species I'm comfortable picking and eating, and the gazillion others I like to look at and poke and photograph. It's an interesting piece, and I was surprised to learn that phalloides isn't in fact a native species. Actually, it's a European invader. Whatever its origin, it's the reason I stomp any white mushroom with a veil (the ringey thing on the stem) when I'm up at the cabin.

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