Not so lovely yellow mushroom

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Not so lovely yellow mushroom

Post by MWP admin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:29 am

Well, I have another mushroom for identification and sharing, which I suppose it is not a difficult one. This was found growing near pine trees. Note that it has pores not gills. I like its colour.

If you know its name, please tell us.
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Post by Glimbo » Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:47 pm

could this be a Bolletus (Cep) ?

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:08 pm

After searching a bit on the internet, I think it is Bolletus sp. I take the opportunity to share this link with you during my research:

http://www.richard-seaman.com/Fungus/Cz ... index.html

It seems that these mushrooms are likely to be edible.
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Post by MWP admin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:59 am

Actually I do not wish to push ideas of using local wild material in 'poor' overpopulated Malta, because as my naturalits friends know, they start to disappear, as did a number of species in the past for profitable / personal use.
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Post by IL-PINE » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:42 am

well, mushrooms in general here in Malta are quite rare, some of them are deadly and the general population on the whole seems to have a lack of interest in collecting mushrooms. Much more popular is snail collecting - ara hajt tas-sejjieh, waqqghu ha naqbdu l-bebbux!

So I would not be very worried, besides the Aleppo pine is quite common and it probably grows in symbiosis with it. Hopefully it will start growing in RB's Botanical Gardens in the future.

Btw, it looks delicious.... :salute:
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Post by MWP admin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:24 pm

I think mushrooms in Malta are safe until the general public could not tell which is poisonous and which is not :!: :!: :!: otherwise they have the same destiny of the snails, and the tulips, and Adonis, etc,

On the other hand, snails are regarded as a local delicacy ( :?: :pukeright: ) while mushrooms are relatively new without any traditional culinary use.
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Post by RB » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:08 pm

Well no I have never had those even though we have 3 large Aleppos, but currently have a large number of the small spindly mushrooms with a cap about 3cm wide, feeding off dead plum trees. Those yellow mushrooms as per subject of post, I have often seen in Buskett and if memory serves, not in proximity of pines. I have seen considerably large specimens even 20cm+ diameter, and not always round.

I think excluding bracket fungi that are difficult to measure up, that these are probably the largest mushrooms in Malta.

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Post by Conchiolin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:43 pm

Guys that's a Pine boletus;
Suillus collinitus

Guys should we really eat those mushrooms? I mean it's understandable to pick a porcino mushroom or a truffle but come on, here in Malta? harvesting mushrooms?
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Post by Conchiolin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:49 pm

If we start picking those mushrooms in my opinion we'll be starting to act like hunters.
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Post by D. Cilia » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:11 pm

Conchiolin wrote:Guys that's a Pine boletus;
Suillus collinitus
Exactly. I remember huge quantities of those growing in a pine grove at Tal-Virtu', Rabat, as well as in the garden next to SP Boffa Hospital at Floriana.
Conchiolin wrote:If we start picking those mushrooms in my opinion we'll be starting to act like hunters.
Not really. The mushroom, which is a fruiting body, is an extremely small part of the whole organism which lies underground (the mycelium), but I'm sure you know all about that. By your approximation even fruit-tree farmers would be acting like hunters!

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Post by Conchiolin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:26 pm

I know, to be exact it's not a fruiting body it's a reproductive organ which without it the mushroom mycelium won't propagate and reach more habitats and associate with other trees.

A fruit is an organ produced by the tree meant to be eaten by an animal in order to disperse the seed.

Fruit farmers actually GROW trees to get the fruit.
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Post by Conchiolin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:27 pm

A hell of a difference, but still thanks for commenting. :-D
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Post by RB » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:11 pm

Have to admit that I swing a bit Conchy's way, but then everything in moderation ;-)

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Post by Conchiolin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:27 pm

You're right RB but thing is this does not depend on me it depends on a lot and a lot of people. And if everyone wants a few mushies for dinner well i assure you that:

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Post by RB » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:37 pm

Also very true. I guess it boils down to personal responsibility, which I unfortunately see very little of here. (Malta I mean, not this forum!)

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Post by Conchiolin » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:27 pm

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Glimbo be careful when saying Boletes are delicious:

Boletus satanoides and many other boletes are fatal when ingested.

Careful guys.
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Post by D. Cilia » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:03 am

You are right in that it would be a problem if all Maltese suddenly started doing it, but after all (as someone said before) mushroom picking is not in our culture, so I doubt that it will become so in this age of supermarkets and specialized vegetable departments.

If I was 100% positive that a mushroom was not poisonous and common, I think I would try it out (in moderation). On the other hand, I would never dare taste something that has satanoides as the species name :D

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Post by Glimbo » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:43 am

I agree with you entirely, it was a careless thing to say.

I accept that there are folks who'll pick plants and fungi, whatever, but I had no intention of encouraging anyone to be irresponsible toward the environment. There are occasionally opportunities to legitimately purchase fungi, such as B.edulis and it is to these that I referred in my post.

btw - I would never pick fungi without an expert with me, it 's all to easy to give yourself a mild dose of food intolerance at the very least - g

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Post by MWP admin » Sun Jan 13, 2008 8:00 pm

Once a friend of mine tasted a nice delicious-looking large mushroom from the countryside in Malta and spent 3 days in hospital :!:


The problem for the general mushroom, is its mystery. The common man in the street will often get attracted by curiosity, pick up the mushroom, have a small bit to taste, spits it out, and drop the mushroom - and an important organism for the life cycle is destroyed.




HINT to the common man in the street:

1) Several mushrooms can be seriously poisonous.

2) Dogs often like to pee on mushrooms

3) To try at your own risk, at least first cut a small piece to taste, leaving the mushroom in place.
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Post by IL-PINE » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:39 pm

:-D
I will make a new proposition this year, I'll start pissing on any new mushroom so as to avoid people starting tasting mushrooms!
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Post by Glimbo » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:38 am

lol

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Post by Conchiolin » Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:10 pm

Everything for the conservation of fungi huh Pine! LOL

Yeah regarding what MWP said i agree. Mushrooms are kind of complicated things to eat. Eg if you eat certain kinds of mushroom and then rightafter you consume alcohol you may spend a day on the toilet.

Guys you should go with the safe mushrooms such as the porcinis or truffles (that do not grow here but you can find in a restaurant or grocery).

Warning a truffle soup may cost up to 100 Maltese Lira!!

Found this on a newspaper.
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Post by MWP admin » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:08 am

I would prefer a trifle than a truffle ;-)

Are your sure tha poisonous mushrooms can be found at the grocer? It sound crazy or maybe you did not eveolve your point very clear
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Post by Conchiolin » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:24 pm

No what i wrote was that we should eat mushrooms such as truffles or porcinis. These do not grow here in Malta but you can find them in groceries. (You can buy dried porcinis from a good supermarket)
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Post by MWP admin » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:03 pm

Yes I misunderstood you, sorry!
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