Scary photo....

Is focused foraging for edible fungi justifiable?

Scary photo....

Postby GeoffDann » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:13 am

Photo by Stephanie Jayne Thomas from Glamorgan Fungi Group. The group came across a couple of Thai ladies with a bucket full of blushers. When questioned, these ladies said they knew very little about fungi foraging, but a local forager had told them that blushers were edible. So they offered to check through to see if any panthercaps had been picked by mistake. They found no panthers, but they did find a Deathcap (foreground, under some blushers). Had this fortunate intervention not happened, these ladies were going to make soup tonight with their mushrooms.
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Re: Scary photo....

Postby Roy Miller » Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:28 am

Somewhat disturbing, is it not?
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Re: Scary photo....

Postby GeoffDann » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:35 pm

Roy Miller wrote:Somewhat disturbing, is it not?


That photo would be a bit disturbing even without the Deathcap (or two) in it. Clearly the people involved had not the first clue about fungi foraging. Look at the state of the mushrooms - looks like they've just wandered about picking amanitas and stuffing them in a bucket without bothering to cut the bases of, so they are all damaged and filthy.

They were very lucky to randomly encounter some people who knew the potential dangers and bothered to ask and help.
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