Amanita phalloides look alikes in S.E. Asia?
mycochef at aol.com
Sun Feb 11 20:28:14 EST 1996
I live in No. Calif. and have heard much about the recent poisonings.
One resulting in a liver transplant [the 13 year old daughter of the Asian
woman in the East Bay--she is o.k.] and the other ending with the death of
a recent Latino immigrant in Petaluma, Ca.
I was working with a Guatamalan emigre last week in Sonoma County and he
informed me that the Latino who died was a friend of his. We attempted to
discuss cross-culturally and with imperfect English and Spanish exactly
what happened. Apparently the poor guy was, "Picking 'hongos' in a field
and got real sick." I believe that he thought they were possibly
Volvariella Speciosa but my Central American amigo did not know too much.
I asked if the dead guy knew much about mushrooms that grow here and if
he often picked them near oak trees. . . . Aliso, my friend, did not
know where his former friend usually picked.
I don't think that we are going to find out much more from this
particular unfortunate experience.
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