The mushroom that smells like ripe roadkill is large, brown and round with a short stem. If you disturb them, say with a ATV, the stench is powerful. They only "bloom" for a couple of weeks, and dissolve in a very disgusting way at the end of their cycle.
There are several fascinating shrooms that pop up in the very early autumn, but I don't see them every year. One is as big as a dinner plate, some are bright red.
The only mushroom I'd ever eat would be a morel, since I'm confident I know what they look like. But I've never found one, so I'm safe so far! All the ones I've eaten have come from Whole Foods.
While I love mushrooms, and eat lots of them, I'm not really fond of the exotic ones. The morels I bought I didn't think were all that. Shitakes are rubbery, as are most exotics. I like baby bellas, with just a little truffle oil.
posted on 11/09/2008 2:33:13 PM PST
(Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
I have not had a morel in decades. But when I was a pup my mother an I would hunt them in the woods and have dishpans full of them sitting around in the kitchen. She sauteed them in butter and we'd eat plates of them. Now I see them dried in little ounces in the grocery store. I wish everyone who likes morels could have a big bunch of fresh ones. They are so good and when you hunt them, free of cost. But now I would be afraid to try it myself as I would be afraid of making a mistake and taking the wrong thing.
I used to live not far from a mushroom farm and you could drive up to the front gate and the guard would have ‘lunch size’ brown bags of bellas for sale for 80¢ ...you’d get about 2 lbs. Good stuff!
I would love to find some morels. It would be an epic moment!
posted on 11/09/2008 4:55:34 PM PST
("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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