Monday, October 5, 2015

Mushroom Monday: Earthstar

These are Earthstar Mushrooms, they are otherworldly and quietly bloom on the forest floor from July to September (I found these in August I think). Their name derives from the shape they make when they open. My trusty mushroom companion Missouri's Wild Mushrooms states for their habitat: "In the strangest places, but mostly single to several on the forest floor." It also notes that if you dry one out it will last forever, make a great keepsake, and conversation starter. They seem just the right mushroom to make a wish upon.

Not comprehensive of all MO mushrooms but a very good resource for the most common and most of the edibles. Great amount of information to help one identify and feel confident about eating an edible mushroom. And recipes in the back. 

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