March 23, 2014

Global Warming and northern mushrooms

The continued impact of global warming on future distribution of species is a subject of great concern. A recently published study, Changements climatiques et...
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December 11, 2013

The amazing Mushroom Effect

You must have heard about the butterfly effect: according to a certain Chaos Theory, the beat of a butterfly’s wings in the tropics can cause a storm in the...
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November 18, 2013

Keep flies away from your dried mushrooms

Most mushrooms lend themselves wonderfully to dehydration: their savour is thus concentrated without losing their nutritive value.  Away from humidity, they...
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July 19, 2013

Chez Marcon - Mushroom Cooking Workshop

Located 100km south of Lyon, the hamlet of St-Bonnet-le-Froid is perched up high in the mountains, at an altitude of 1200m and is surrounded by Douglas fir...
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April 27, 2013

Heavenly Mushrooms ?

Unlike intelligence, passion for mushrooms is not evenly distributed on Earth. It is rather scattered here and there such as the dark spots on the hide of a...
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February 25, 2013

Detective story

 On a late July afternoon, two men showed up at the store. I greeted them, an improbable couple that could have passed for Jehovah’s witnesses, in their...
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February 3, 2013

Mushrooming throughout our history

In the history of North-Eastern of North America, mushrooms have been intriguingly absent. In general, Native Americans here seem to have had mixed feelings: a...
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November 10, 2012

Chaga: The Mushroom of Many Surprises

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a polypore mushroom that is widespread throughout boreal forests, particularly those here in North Eastern North America. You...
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July 4, 2012

Do mushrooms need to be cooked? Do you have to wash them?

Yes and yes! Except for a few species, it is recommended to cook and wash any mushrooms you eat, especially if they are wild.  Cooking mushrooms, as well as...
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January 20, 2012

A Healthy Treat

In what seems now to be another life, my opinion of mushrooms was that of my family’s: spongy “vegetables” found on pizza toppings. The common belief was...
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