Yay for Fungus Fest!


NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

As I have said in the past, I am a shroom fanatic. I could eat huge plates of the things. So when I heard that the Morristown NJ Frelinghausen Arboretum was going to have Fungus Fest, an event sponsored by the New Jersey Mycological Association, I was excited beyond belief. I mean, nothing makes me happier than being in a building filled with musty odors and listening to lectures from Myco-nerds about the symbiotic relationships between apple trees and Morels.

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NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

Fungus Fest is meant to be an educational event that includes nature walks where you can forage with Mycological experts who will help you identify what you picked.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

Many mushrooms are poisonous and can make you extremely ill or even kill you, so if you are intent on foraging on your own it’s probably a good idea to read up on a few books and join a local Mycological organization like NYMYCO.ORG.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

Fungi have a symbiotic relationship with other plants. Here are Shiitake mushrooms growing on a log, as they might in the wild.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

Here are Shiitakes growing in spore-enriched soil bricks, one of the common ways they are cultivated.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

These are Maitake mushrooms, another popular Asian edible variety.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

And Enoki mushrooms. I love these in sukiyaki.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

Hen of The Woods is a large wild edible mushroom.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

Mushrooms and other fungi not only are delicious to eat, but they are also good sources for clothing dyes.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

I was told not to eat this guy. It was like the size of a huge serving tray.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

The activities included cooking demonstrations.

NJ Mycological Association "Fungus Fest" by you.

These Potato and Parsnip “Latkes” with mushrooms were being demoed but I didn’t get to eat any. NJYMCO.ORG has a bunch of other tasty recipes on its web site.

One Response to Yay for Fungus Fest!

  1. Next to shrimp and steak, my favorite breakfast to cook for friends and family is a mushroom, onion and cheese omelet. I use four different mushrooms and always get rave reviews. There’s a fungus among us.

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