Fungi fd. 1/25/03

Daniel B. Wheeler dwheeler at ipns.com
Wed Feb 5 04:40:06 EST 2003


"Alter S. Reiss" <alterreiss at yahoo.com> wrote in message news:<b1nq6h$140uei$1 at ID-72420.news.dfncis.de>...
> "e.hutton" <caterpillar at amuscaria.uklinux.net> wrote in message
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> > Alter S. Reiss wrote:
> > > "Daniel B. Wheeler" <dwheeler at ipns.com> wrote in message
> > > news:pgpmoose.200301271056.7007 at net.bio.net...
> > >> Fungi found Jan. 25, 2003 at Paul Bishop's (a week before the annual
> > >> FREE truffle hunt):
> > >
> > > (. . .)
> > >
> > >> Witch's Butter (sorry, forgot the scientific name)
> > >
> > > Tremella Mesenterica, IIRC.  I rather like it in those "cup o' noodles"
> > > type ramen soups.
> > >
> > Sorry you recall incorrectly. Tremella Mesenterica is Yellow Brain Fungus.
> > Witches' Butter is Exidia glandulosa = E. plana = E.truncata, and is
> black.
> 
> I suppose this is one of the perils of using common names -- the fungus that
> I know as witches butter is usually yellow, and occasionally orange.
> Lincoff (the Audubon Field Guide), and McKnight and McKnight (the Peterson
> Field Guide) agree with me on what witches butter is (Lincoff calls E.
> Gladulosa "Black Jelly Roll", and the McKnights call it "Warty Jelly
> Fungus", for what it's worth), but it wouldn't take much to convince me that
> there are places were "Yellow Brain Fungus" means T. Mesenterica, and
> "Witches Butter" means the E. Glandulosa.
> 
> So, Daniel -- what color was the stuff you found?  And did you try it in
> ramen soup?

The material is bright yellow, but fades to a nearly transluscent
yellow-whitish gray in extreme age. I haven't tried eating it. But I
understand it can be pickled and candied.

Daniel B. Wheeler
www.oregonwhitetruffles.com




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