November 2020 Mycoscope
Halloween
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For years, Champignons Charlevoix has attracted thousands of visitors to their workshop in La Malbaie, where they grow oyster mushrooms, and produce tasty marinades. Morels in apple juice and vodka have been added to their creative line. These delicacies, like our own Mycodelights, make wonderful gifts.

On a more serious note, some species of amanita are deadly poisonous: you should know them and, if there is any doubt as to their edibility, refrain from eating any mushroom belonging to this genus. The recent Amanitas of North America is an essential book on the topic that you can now find on our shelves.

In addition, Mycoboutique offers activities adapted to current pandemic contingencies, such as the November 19 mushroom initiation evening, which you can attend in the comfort of your own home.



The best Northeast American mushroom identification books are the McNeils, in French: Le Grand livre and Champignons du Québec. The price of the latest editions, in encyclopedia or paperback formats, are reduced by 15% until January 1, 2021. The same goes for Gary Lincoff's latest work - funny and informative, The Complete Mushroom Hunter is the legacy of a fabulous storyteller.

Opportunities not to be missed for you or your loved ones. 



In Western Europe, black trumpets (Craterellus cornucopoides), also called horn-of-plenty for its funnel shape are picked in November, a month dedicated to the dead in numerous Christian traditions, hence their familiar French designation Trompette-des-morts. In Eastern North America, the discreet gray silhouette of its native cousin (Craterellus fallax) emerges under the beech trees from mid-July to October. Very slender, it gives off a typical fungal aroma, enhanced with fruity notes of plum, lemon, but also, more subtly, of anise and bitter almond.
Fresh, dried or frozen, the trumpets lend themselves to many recipes that take advantage of its fruity taste, flaky texture and grayish color. Mycoboutique suggests several delicious recipes.
 



This summer, the wildfires on the American West Coast were exceptionally devastating. Intriguingly, they spared BC, the Yukon and the NWT, where burns covered less than 4% of their 10-year average. Why talk about fires? Because most of the morels eaten in North America are harvested in these burns where thousands of itinerant pickers converge the spring following the fires. This wild adventure, recounted by Langdon Cook's Mushroom Hunters, could be a thing of the past with the expansion of commercial cultivation in China.
In any case, you will find the best morels at the best prices at Mycoboutique, as well as a few of the best recipes.



Already commonly used to make packaging and furniture, fungi now inspire funeral rites: mycomation ensures that the remains are quickly returned to the earth, without the environmental impacts of cremation or aquamation. Composed of innumerable filaments (mycelium), fungi are grown in molds in the form of coffin sidings. The deceased will lay inside on a bed of moss. The coffin decomposes in less than 45 days while the body itself will vanish within three years. This alternative to traditional burying, proposed by a Dutchman, Bob Hendrikx, would cost $ 2,000.
Cheaper still, as reported in our November 2016 edition of the Mycoscope, you can order your cotton shroud impregnated with the spores of decontaminating species which further accelerates the process.

It is still better to take care of our health, by wearing a mask that we have made ourselves for example.


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