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Old 03-31-2021, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Joy Mushrooms are a-flushin'!

Last fall, I posted pics of the mushroom beds I had made in the front yard. They got started a month apart which I thought was bad, but so many are coming up in the Octagon, it will help spread the crop. I've already sautéed a couple batches, but here is a partial flush and how it went into my pot roast. I have to harvest the same day they come up or they will start to open as you can see happened here. These mushrooms will get the size of a dinner plate if left alone. The stems themselves are an inch thick.

Raw, they have a nutty flavor; perfect for salads. As they cook, they smell and taste like white potatoes! However, when steamed as I did here, they get a garlicky/oniony flavor, so no more in future roasts. All for sautéing, yay!





Piled on top of the roast



All cooked down and ready to serve. Homemade pot roast with home grown mushrooms!
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Ok, you got me! What sort are they? We are a few miles north and would love to grow them as we eat lots, collect some in wild rest from the store.
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Congratulations! You’ve done a great job with your mushrooms! Nice bumper crop you’ve got there! I bet your pot roast was extra yummy this time! Knowing you grew those mushrooms yourself! Pretty neat!
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Those are red winecaps. I ordered the mycelium from North Spore, in Maine last fall. They require hardwood chips, not pine, and they must be fresh not breaking down already. I put down cardboard, then a layer of lathe shavings (maple and cherry), then a layer of mycelium, followed by some more shavings, mycelium and the top layer of chips a few inches thick. For the other bed, I ran out of shavings, so I used straw and chips instead.

Further north is better, as these are cooler weather mushrooms. They will go dormant over the summer and then flush a second time this fall. Where are you located, VA?
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PJK Farm located South Riding, Va (Northern Va.). My wife looked at pic and told be they were borowik in Polish and collected in the woods, speckled light, and were a favorite of her family. I will harvest very little in the wild as too many look alikes, but with plenty of wood chips, will give these a try. Borowik (called the King of the mushrooms) though are dangerous to harvest in the wild, lots of people got poisoned with them as there are some real look alikes. Luckily her mother knew the right ones:-)
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PS Thanks for the source info! Always like a recommendation. We grow a basjoo jungle with ensete, and a few edibles which will come out of the root cellar couple of weeks. We get a few bananas each year (plantains mainly) as we put those that flower into a warmed up cold frame to ripen.
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Ah, dzien dobre!

There are a few surefire ways to tell them apart from the lookalikes. They have what looks like a crown around the stem on the underside and the gills are purple. The spores will leave purple spots as well, if I remember correctly.
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