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.


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 Unknown 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!

At March 19, 2021 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Magic Mushrooms said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

At March 19, 2021 at 12:37 AM , Blogger Magic Mushrooms said...

You have provided a richly informative article about mushrooms It is a beneficial article for me and also helpful for those who are looking to buy shrooms online Thanks for sharing this information here.

At April 13, 2021 at 3:05 AM , Blogger localshroomsshop said...

Hey what a brilliant post I have come across and believe me I have been searching out for this similar kind of post for past a week and hardly came across this. Thank you very much and will look for more postings from you. Best dried mushrooms online service provider.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home