Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms

of New England and Eastern Canada by David L Spahr

This is a wonderful photgraphic guidebook to finding and using key species, I am a mushroom fan, and I buy a fair number of mushrooms for fresh use, as well as drying but I am also a mushroom hunter in our local pastures an woods, I have a number of different books on mushroom hunting

One of our regular mushroom that we collect each year is our Giant Puffballs out of the back pig pasture, they are just huge, otherwise, our most popular wild mushroom is morals and Brick Tops, they are my favorite.

Back to the book review, so it has the most common and safe mushrooms with detailed photos of them, as well as helpful hints on where to look for each one and its perferred growth patterns.

There is very good details on how to check and test your mushrooms to make sure that they are the ones that you think, as they say, always check and recheck when it comes to mushrooms.

But what makes this book stand out for a host of others is the section on Medicinal mushrooms, it has very detailed instructions on how to use them and prepare them, for anyone that like to have a all natural medical chest, this information is very useful.

There is a interesting section on progagation strategies, and I am tried some, and will do future reports on how well they works in the future. I have used plug spawns on a number of logs, and hope to have lots and lots of mushrooms to dry for future use.

Last but not least, its the great list of what mushrooms can be used for the purpose of using mushrooms for dyeing, it includes what kinds to use, what is required as a stablizer and what range of colors they will produce., the great thing about dyeing with mushrooms is that you can use mushrooms that are not edible, or are not quite good enough for you to use for human use.. it give one more reason to take that hike in the woods. The Giant Puffball shown above, gives the most lovely red-brown set with Ammonia when used on sheeps wool.

This mushroom which is not edible,  can be used for dyeing wool, some fabrics and also paper, it turns it a lovely rust red color, I have a few of these in the house and will be playing around with them to make some lovely homemade red paper in the near future.

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