Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Honey, it's a honey mushroom.


Today I learned a new mushroom: the honey mushroom (Armillaria mellea and A. tabescens). Now that I've seen it, found it, and eaten it, I feel certain I could recognize this mushroom again. That's the great thing about taking a class with a master. Gary Lincoff knows mushrooms, and I've already learned a thing or two, in just a few hours.

He teaches a class called Mushroom Mania at the NYBG and I've wanted to take it for years. This year I rearranged my own teaching schedule so I could take the class and as we walked the grounds this afternoon there were honey mushrooms aplenty!

A. mellea is the ringed honey mushroom; A. tabescens is the ringless honey mushroom. Both are brownish-yellow, gilled, clumpers with white spores. Both grow at the base of trees or in open areas attached to underground roots. Both should be cooked for at least 15 minutes; undercooked honey mushrooms can cause upset stomachs.

I heard a theory on NPR yesterday. The happiest people have lots of small, happy events in their lives. You don't need a huge, million-dollar, once-in-a-lifetime event to be happy. It's better to have a lot of little, everyday pleasures and successes; that's what makes a person happy. And finding a big clump of honey mushrooms at the base of an oak tree in the Bronx, then cooking them up with pasta and garlic...well that makes me pretty darn happy. In a little, everyday, very tasty kind of way.

2 Comments:

At September 20, 2007 at 3:12 AM , Blogger molly said...

and it makes ME happy just hearing about 'em! hope to try them someday too...

 
At July 28, 2010 at 9:50 PM , Blogger Chris said...

I can relate to what was said. The first bunch of ringless honeys I found at the base of an Oak tree made me smile frm one ear to the other. You are so right about the little events making a person happy!

 

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