Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Honey mushrooms

I’ve been told these are a delicious wild mushroom.  The name comes from the color, not the flavor.  I first noticed them last year soon after I move to this house.   A couple of days ago I took trash out and noticed tons of the honey mushrooms in my backyard.

They are everywhere!  Little patches just peeking up that will grow rapidly.

Within a couple of days those little patches will look like this.

These grow underground from the roots of tree stumps.  Well I have four stumps in my backyard which is probably the reason for so many of them.  Two large stumps are very visible and two are hidden by brush at the back.  Anyway, I picked a couple mushrooms just to put them through a couple of edibility tests  I wanted to be sure they aren’t their look alike poisonous cousins.  My mind was already thinking of sauteed mushrooms for dinner.  Yes, these are the edible kind.  But YIKES!  they are filled with millions of little bugs.  At first I thought what the heck is that?  Then I saw them moving.  It looked like tiny rollie-pollie bugs.  Well, I believe I’ll pass on these.  If it had been just some ants or only one or two bugs I’d soak them in salt water and then eat.  But not with so many bugs of that kind.

Mushroom prices have skyrocketed the last couple of years.  The idea of having tons of mushrooms to harvest right in my own backyard sounded so appealing.  I’m really disappointed.  I’ll have to do some research to see if I can get the mushrooms before the bugs do next year.

 

13 comments on “Honey mushrooms

  1. jestjack
    September 8, 2017

    I am also a little paranoid harvesting mushrooms in the wild as you here so many stories of mushrooms being poisonous. I wonder where one could find out the truth about mushrooms and which ones are OK to eat….

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    • Anita
      September 9, 2017

      We have a mushroom expert here that I can get advice from but there is also a book sold that is supposed to be excellent. I don’t own the book so I can’t say for sure but I was told its one of the best. Its called Mushrooms Demystified written by David Arora. The way its written is in “if/then” format. The book asks a question. You examine the mushroom. If the answer is yes, go to page # but if the answer is no go to page # and so forth. Through a series of steps you identify edible or not edible. I may look for a copy of it at the library. I really don’t believe I’ll become a mushroom forager so no need to buy a book.

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  2. T
    September 8, 2017

    Your post reminded me of the Disney Jungle Book song, ‘Bare Necessities’, and cartoon Mowgli saying ‘you eat ants?!’

    Be nice if you had truffles. What promotes them???

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    • Anita
      September 9, 2017

      I thought about truffles too. A little research and I found out there are truffle farms here in the US. There is even a US truffle growers association. Truffle growing would be nice but way too labor intensive for me. They grow on the root system of filbert nut trees and it takes a trained dog to find them.

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      • carenowplease
        September 10, 2017

        I thought it must be difficult or more people would be doing it for the $$$.

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  3. Lilly pickles
    September 7, 2017

    I agree that it is a shame you weren’t able to use them. We love mushrooms and they just aren’t in !I budget. I have a pile of old firewood on my property. I am going to check into the kits and see if that is something we could try. I want you to know how much I appreciated your email and kind words. My back surgery was surprisingly easy. It took a couple of days to roll over out of bed. Sadly I am not so sure it was sucessful. I still have leg psin. I am suppose to have a second one soon for the numbness in my arms. Oh I am so tired of hurting. Three car wrecks in 11 months was way to hard on my old body. I expect financial settlements at the end of the yesr. I was so happy to see a post. I am composting and hope to plant in the spring. I was shocked at prices for the goods I want to plant. Grandchildren must be the greatest joy in life. I don’t have any except fo my daughters cocker spaniel that appears to be gifted me. I would love to quilt for my potential grandchildren. Thanks for the milk post. It made me think of ways to save. That is a great idea. Enough of my ramblings. I missed you.

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    • Anita
      September 9, 2017

      So glad the surgery went ok. Maybe time will stop some of the pains. Yeah, I get sticker shock lots these days. There is almost a monthly price increase on water, sewer, phone, internet, electric, gas, or other stuff. I don’t know how yet but “God willing” I’m going to plant something next year. Even if its only one tomato plant, something is going to grow for me to eat. It may come down to a fight between me and the groundhog but I’m sure hoping she prefers clover over vegetable plants. Umm.. you can always make quilts for kids in foster care and be a foster grandparent for practice.

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  4. Margie in Toronto
    September 7, 2017

    So glad to see a new post – I was about to ask if everything was OK – hope you were just busy with quilt orders.
    I love mushrooms and have some friends who do wild mushroom foraging – but I’m always nervous about what is safe!
    Too bad the bugs got to these ones first!
    I see online that there are all kinds of kits available to grow your own mushrooms at home – some aren’t too expensive so perhaps this might be something to ask for as a birthday or Christmas gift from the family? You are so handy with everything that I can see you doing this sort of thing very successfully.
    Hope you are well.

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    • Anita
      September 7, 2017

      All is fine here. You are right, I’m covered up with quilt commitments. I’m working overtime to finish up customer quilts because I have a special project of my own I’d like to work on without any distractions. I’m also babysitting the new grand daughter for awhile.

      There are mushroom kits available here too. My local mushroom expert has a degree in horticulture and owns a mushroom store. He doesn’t sell wild mushrooms but he does sell cultivated ones and sells the kits for growing your own. He does have foraging classes as long as there is interest. I would not go hunting wild mushrooms but having them as close as my own back yard is hard to resist.

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  5. sarasinart
    September 7, 2017

    That’s sad that the bugs ruined your mushroom experience. They are interesting looking. I never saw them up here.

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    • Anita
      September 7, 2017

      My understanding is that they are in all the states but only grow where there are tree stumps or dead trees. They grow underground on the dead tree’s root system. They bloom and spread spores at the first signs of fall after a heavy rain. I’m puzzled by the bugs though. Nothing I read and no one I’ve talked to mentioned bugs.

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  6. janeisgreen
    September 7, 2017

    Well, they would have been lovely! You reminded me that a couple of years ago I harvested my elderberries to make cordial as I do every year. After I’d got them all off the stems (an ordeal), into the pot they went. As they approached a boil, hundreds of tiny insects of some sort! No cordial that year. And this year, the birds got them all before me. The good news is that a neighbour has given me lots and lots of delicious grapes. I now have many bottles of grape juice and about a dozen jars of jam (I used the skins, too).

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    • Anita
      September 7, 2017

      Ooo, that was a bummer. Sharing neighbors are always a blessing. I had a cherry tree in the backyard of my old house. I miss it alot. I gave the neighbors permission to pick all the cherries they wanted before the birds got the rest.

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