[Mycology] Re: Help with ID

Mycos via mycology%40net.bio.net (by mycos from shaw.ca)
Thu Apr 24 14:28:47 EST 2008

Yes, the False Morel [Gyromitra esculanta] ID seems a good one.

As for edibility, they've been reported as edible by people around the 
world, but they've also been shown to produce tumors in rats. The 
MMH...although rather unstable and thereby likely to be destroyed by 
cooking, also comes with a warning to avoid inhaling the gases that come 
off during the cooking process. These all serve to tell me that there is 
no mushroom so flavorful that I would want to risk any of the above.

Heh! Your milage may vary, and with hydrazine, it could vary quite a 
bit. (Boo! okay, it was just hanging there, so I had to take a swipe at 
it <g>)

Gary Williams

kilgoretrout wrote:
> On Apr 23, 7:12�pm, Joe Skulan <jlsku... from geology.wisc.edu> wrote:
>> Can anyone help identify these mushrooms? They were collected
>> recently in a mixed forest in the Kaluga region of Russia, about 100
>> miles south of Moscow. They look like some kind of Gyromitra, but I
>> unfortunately know no more about them than what is visible in the
>> photo:
>> http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w202/jlskulan/mushrooms.jpg
>> Thank you,
>> Joe Skulan
> Joe,
> Those look like false morels. Although some parboil and eat them, you
> should not. Ever. False morels contain monomethyl hydrazine. Similar
> to rocket fuel. It can kill you. Do not eat!
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