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From the Blog...
Did you know that the White Button, Crimini, and Portobello are all the same fungus?!
Meet the common edible mushroom Agaricus bisporus!
As can be seen above, the White Button is just an immature fungus that has not been exposed to light. The Crimini is just a browned version of the same immature mushroom after it has been exposed to light. Finally, the Portobello mushroom is just the final mature stage of the fungal fruiting body!
Usually these three mushrooms are how children and adults alike are introduced to eating mushrooms for the first time. Unfortunately, often enough many people will not prefer the taste of the Agaricus bisporus, but, because they have been exposed to three versions of the same mushroom being sold as three distinct mushrooms, these people often develop the perception that all mushrooms must taste like this. Well let me tell you now that there are a LOT of edible mushrooms out there and the each have their unique tastes.
So while we're at it, why don't you let us know what your favorite edible mushroom is, if you have one!
Farewell and happy mushrooming!
- Brother Toadstool
Meet the underwater gilled mushroom, Psathyrella aquaticus!
This mushroom species was discovered in the mid 2000s and was officially described in 2009 in an issue of Mycologia. The mushrooms were found growing in the waters of the upper Rogue River in Oregon, USA in a habitat which consists of spring fed aerated waters flowing on a volcanic substrate.
These mushrooms grow directly on the substrate below the water, NOT on wood that has fallen into the river. What makes things more awesome? This part of the river does not dry up. These mushrooms are fully submerged for their entire life!
These mushrooms are especially interesting because there are very few Basidiomycetes that grow underwater, and of those that do, only these are gilled mushrooms! Most underwater fungal species are Ascomycetes or Hypomycetes. The mushrooms that are usually found underwater are often growing on wood submerged in the water rather than the substrate of the water bed.
These are very cool mushrooms, indeed!
To learn more, check out the published paper:
Frank, Coffan, Southworth; "Aquatic gilled mushrooms: Psathyrella fruiting in the Rogue River in southern Oregon". Mycologia 102 (1): 93-107.
CHECK OUT THE BRAND NEW BETA VERSION OF THE NEW TOADSTOOL'S TREASURES SIDE SCROLLING GAME!!!
The Squirrel has kidnapped Brother Toadstool's friends, The Truffles. Help him save them before it's too late!
Instructions: Arrow keys control character. Up = Jump. Space = Shoot. Space + Down = Low Shoot. "r" = Reset
Some mushrooms will help you grow healthier, some will have you grow sicklier. Some will be interesting, indeed.
Moisture drops steadily. Capture water droplets to replenish your moisture! If health or moisture reaches zero, it's game over!
Click the green flag to start or restart the game.
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