A Cave In Spain Contains the Earliest Known Depictions of Mushrooms

Selva Pascuala mushrooms

From Leon Shernoff’s excellent Mushroom, the Journal, an interesting article about the earliest artistic depiction of mushrooms. These were painted on a cave wall at Selva Pascuala in Spain some … Continue reading

Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

Lightning bolt over Pritzerbe, Germany

De tuberibus haec traduntur peculiariter: Cum fuerint imbres autumnales, ac tonitrua crebra, tune nasci, & maxime e tonitribus. [Pliny the Elder, Hist. Nat., Bk 19:37] (If the air is troubled … Continue reading

Cauliflower Tales: Arizona’s unique Sparassis

Sparassis americana var. arizonica

The North American Mycological Association’s journal of amateur American mycology, McIlvainea, is a rich source of information for the intermediate and advanced mushroom enthusiast. It’s available online for free at the NAMA … Continue reading

The wild food revolution in Scotland and Arizona

Nephi Craig

  Inspired by the international success of Danish restaurant Noma, Scotland’s top chefs are sparking a culinary revolution as the country goes wild for naturally foraged wild foods harvested fresh … Continue reading

Caçadors de Bolets: A prime-time TV hit in Spain

Rovello - Lactarius deliciosus

In America, prime time TV means we watch such uplifting fare as the Kardashians, the Bachelor, and “Extra”.  In Barcelona, they watch “Caçadors de Bolets” (“Mushroom Hunters”).  Sigh…. Over 600,000 … Continue reading

A first edition of Theatrum Fungorum (1675), for those with money to burn

Theatrum Fungorum

If you really don’t need that appendectomy, and don’t want that brand-new Honda Civic, why not spend the money on this beautiful old book instead? This is the lushly illustrated … Continue reading

Edibility of Amanita muscaria: follow-up to the Arizona Highways fiasco

Tana Karen and Amanita muscaria

Everyone who has spent even one late-summer day foraging for mushrooms in the mountains of Arizona is likely to have seen the beautiful and distinctive fly agaric, Amanita muscaria, in … Continue reading