I still reached for the grey ear mushroom, broke it off, put it in a bag and climbed higher. At the very top of a dead poplar tempting was sticking one over the other tight bluish chunks. I cut them one by one, enjoying the fortune and the height to which he lifted me excited.
It was late autumn. After the cold rains suddenly warmer, marshes faded, soaked in a thick musty smell. It’s time to hunt for oyster mushroom…
In the desert space, in the swamps the land. Including the mushroom. Since ancient times, it was rescued by local residents. “Mushrooms for trees and ridges were collected and eaten instead of meat,” recalled villagers lean years. Today among hunters and fishermen a lot of experienced miners flooded mushroom gifts. In the Dnieper Plavni has quite a few edible types. And, of course, the gatherer of fruits and roots will not be able to pass popular now among fans of silent hunting wood fungus. People call him “pig ear” and “gljiva” and “Sivakou”. Most of this architectural and culinary miracle mushroom known as the oyster mushroom.
Mushrooms on stumps and trees actually can be found almost everywhere. All of them have in common is that the mycelium develops inside the timber, destroying it. To pileate fungi belong to the wood mushrooms. Their colonies to the delight of the collectors are numerous. They grow primarily on stumps, and says their name. With the onset of autumn frosts on the trees are orange, oily cap of Armillaria winter. Mushroom pickers find it even under the snow that covers the trunks.
Speaking of scaly polypore (motley) even the Chinese make paper.
Mainly on stumps of deciduous trees or on dead wood from June to October found edible at a young age prolitec tiger. His bright hat covered with brown scales and white flesh on breaking, slightly blushing. Everywhere on dead and live stems are various kinds of casuistic similar to mushrooms. From the title it is clear that these edible mushrooms (not only hats, but also the legs) covered with scales. Most other tree mushrooms in the forest striking the tinder-shaped hooves, shelves, sinks, fans. At the young age of some species (polypore sulfur-yellow, variegated) edible. From the old “hoof” polypore present before stocking tinder, which made fire. Those times have sunk into Oblivion, but the name stuck for many types of wood-destroying fungi.
Enoki mushrooms and other fungi of the family radovac very tasty pickled and fried.
Oyster — classic wood lodger. Live mushrooms, as a rule, the elms, poplar, maples, lindens, aspens from September to November, when the heat subsides and begins to make his way chill. Often they can be found in winter, during thaw. Thus, the tree must be, though old, bare, but not rotten, with another hard bark and tenacious roots, able to extract from the ground pickings. The mushrooms grow in groups, often when healing legs, one above the other, forming a kind of roof. In other words, the fungus is suspended in the barrel — hence the name. I would compare our oyster mushroom with exotic corals of the South seas. As corals adorn the rocks, the oyster mushroom is the decoration of the trees.
Tinder not only are eaten, they are used for the manufacture of anti-inflammatory drugs.
If other autumn mushrooms, blewits for example, you are looking carefully, quietly and peacefully wandering around the hollows, and looking among the fallen leaves, the characteristic tubercles, the oyster mushroom you are hunting, not otherwise. Its production is really akin to hunting an animal or fishing for large fish. Armed with a knife and a compass (in any minute can drop the fog), you often climb into the flooded thicket. I’m actually sure of prosperity and comfort stems not surprising. Only in the excitement of the search, the creative impulse, the living break to happen wonderful things.
Hunting, of course, the forest of bondage, but the excitement should have its own measure, which, as you know, every case (mushroom) faith. Moreover, the production of oyster mushrooms requires observation and diligence. After twenty or thirty steps necessary to stop, to stand still and to look out among the trees and dry trunks of poplar. It is they (and not on the willows or the oaks) and often settles oyster. Guess the right barrel, which is fond of mushrooms, impossible. It is the case — look out for your mushroom tree, to encounter the coveted stump. There are work and intuition, and experience. About patience and luck I’m not talking.
For hygrotrama you can go into the woods even in December.
I divided the mushroom on the “truants” who moves slowly, as if walking, looking under every Bush, stick raking grass, leaves, draws attention to the conspicuous tubercles, and the “runners” — running errands on their “own” mushroom scattered from each other at a considerable distance. There is a third category mushroom — “the spidermen”. Here they are the hunters oyster.
Oyster oyster, corniculatus, lung, late — all members of the same family, which differ in form, color, time of ripening.
In Sri Lanka I watched young strong guys with a rope ring that serves as a foot rest, deftly getting to the coconut fruit, which grow under the giant green palm veer at a staggering height. Spreading fur-old poplar (black poplar) is not a slender coconut tree. With the help of a rope ring to the mushroom fruit does not get. Have to catch up on the branches, to cling to old processes, using the stop dry twigs, which at any moment may fracture. And this happened…
Most often, I tie the knife to a branch or pick at the fleshy clusters of the sixth (fortunately there’s a lot of dead wood) with the flyer at the end. You can use a stick attached to a wire loop to oyster mushrooms to put on top. One of deadwood I haven’t found a pole long enough. Lacked only half a meter. And then the excitement (plus the experience and stubbornness) suggested a solution. The height of my partner, who kindly allowed me to perch on his mighty shoulders, it was enough that I could reach out a flyer to woody Goodies.
In the dense reed-bed areas there are still outdated societie trunks-columns, from top to bottom overgrown mushroom fruits. If you’re lucky, the oyster from one tree can fill the whole bag.
How can you compare this wild mushroom trophy with his pale and flabby artificial copy, which grow in cellars or bags of sawdust!
Processing of mushroom is better not to hurry. In a cool place oyster, in contrast to the “terrestrial” fungi, a few days cervival.
Authoritatively declare that if you are wandering through the foggy pre-winter smooth in the wild oyster mushrooms, and then sitting at blazing hot stoves did not eat hot with hot pans, so very little you understand the advantages and taste of mushrooms.