January 2020 Mycoscope
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Next year we will be resuming our popular wild mushroom excursions.  Because the mushroom and spring plants excursion of May 17 is sold-out, we have added another excursion on Saturday, May 23 in the Basses-Laurentides (Lower Laurentians).  Due to the popularity of theses excursions, we urge you to book a spot now to avoid disappointment. In the coming months, we will be adding even more activities to the calendar so stay tuned.

For the impatient and those who like to be well prepared, check out our Introduction to Wild Mushrooms from Quebec (in French) talk on March 26th.

 For those with a sweet tooth, we will be holding a delicious activity in conjunction with Montréal en Lumière as part of La Nuit Gourmande on February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. On the menu will be cotton candy with Burnt-Sugar Milky mushrooms, hot Chocochaga and popcorn with truffle salt.

According to Google statistics, lasagna recipes were the most widely viewed on the internet last year. Mycoboutique tested two versions of the same delicious recipe, with mushrooms replacing meat. The versions differ only in the preferred locally picked mushroom species.We used porcini, with its sweet, almondy, and hazelnut flavours and matsutake: a spicy, cinnamon and umami flavoured mushroom.

Both mushrooms are available in store, dried or frozen at this time of year, and fresh in season. They make a tasty alternative to meat. It's up to you to judge the best lasagna!

According to a Chinese saying, children who are loved are given many nicknames. This may explain the variety of names given to some mushrooms. For its spectacular white wig at maturity, Hericium erinaceus is called Lion's Mane, Pompom and Monkey's Head. A delicious mushroom, it reminds some of the taste of lobster. Fleshy under its wig, it can be sliced and fried. For its alleged neurological properties, notably against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, it’s in the top 10 list of medicinal mushrooms.
At this time of year, Mycoboutique offers locally cultivated fresh Lion’s Mane. In season, it is picked on weakened hardwoods, like its close relatives, Bear`s Head Tooth (H. americanum) and Comb Tooth (H. coralloides), it is also delicious.
We invite you to discover our Tandoori Lion’s Mane recipe.

Chaga is one of the most popular medicinal mushrooms in the world today. In folk medicine, it is used to treat tumoral and inflammatory diseases. However, clinical studies have yet to convince our public health officials of these benefits. Chaga can be found at the top of yellow birches, rather than in pharmacies.

In a recent article, "Oxalates in Chaga - A Potential Health Threat", Michael Beug, of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association, investigates a potential link between renal failures and the concentration of oxalates in chaga. Since 2014, he counted seven hospitalizations which may have followed use of the fungus. We remain attentive but rest assured: the concentration of oxalate in chaga is much lower than in that of beans, beets, spinach, peppers, tea, chocolate, and many other food staples.

Finally, we have received the perfect tool for your inner-pickler. The Pickles Kit contains two glass jars of 700ml with a breathable lid. With that tool you will be able to prepare femented cucumber, sauerkraut or even kimchi in a pinch.

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