Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mushroom Madness

Have you ever spent countless hours on writing a blog just to be deleted in a second? It happened to me last week, everything that I wrote completely vanished just before I was about to publish it. I thought I was writing on the actual template and didn't realize it was temporary. I wrote a conclusive paragraph about mushrooms and how I obtained them; unfortunately, I couldn't retain what I had written, so I have to write the laconic version of the previous document.

A couple of weeks ago, we had a week of pouring rain, it literally rained every single day. Most people did not like it but I enjoyed the rain immensely, so did the plants in our yard and the surrounding trees. The best part about the rain was the emergence of mushrooms throughout the neighborhood. My sister and I picked some oyster mushrooms in our lawn and I found white mushrooms near my neighbor's sidewalk. We cooked the oyster mushrooms with bacon and once the bacon crisped, the mushrooms were nearly invisible. I tasted the remnants of the fungi only to find out it was infused with bacon flavor – I could not distinguish between the two – they were both crunchy and porky. The remaining mushrooms were simply steamed and they tasted like portobello. For those of you who want to embark on wild mushroom picking, make sure to identify the fungi species before ingesting them. I found this great virtual wild mushroom field guide to help you on your adventure but I recommend something tangible to take with you. And if you want to expand your knowledge on mushrooms, this one is a good resource.

I hope you enjoyed my mushroom post. Did you know that mushrooms multiply during a thunderstorm according to Koichi Takaki, an associate professor in engineering at Iwate University? You can find this article on National Geographic website.

“If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools” 
~ Katherine Mansfield

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