August 2021 Mycoscope
Mushrooms under Oaks
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Many species feed on the cellulose and lignin of wood. Some are good edibles and grow easily on hardwood logs. The time is ripe for their inoculation. Our growing instructions are straightforward. In August, you can start cultivating Oysters, Maïtake, Shiitake, Lion’s mane, Nameko, and other gourmet species. The prices of our inoculation dowels are reduced from $ 20 to $ 15 for a hundred and from $ 80 to $ 60 for a thousand seeded dowels. An exceptional bargain only during August.

For the seasonal peak, stimulating proposals have been added to our program. To prepare yourself for this bonanza, join our evening talk on wild mushrooms September 2, in our shop or from your home.
Our excursions are already sold out when we are barely beginning harvesting spree. We are therefore offering you new opportunities to stretch: in the Eastern Townships on September 4, in the Lower-Laurentians on September 18, and in Montérégie on October 9. The basic excursion format is simple: 25 hikers accompanied by two experienced guides, a forest in a radius of 100 km from Montréal.

What to Find Under Pines Late in the Summer

Various species of mushrooms are associated with specific trees. Several excellent edibles fruit under pine trees in late summer. Among them, the prized American matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare) is sought out as a rewarding commercial harvest. The not so abundant Almost Bluing King bolete (B. subcaerulescens) is also at the pinnacle of gastronomy.

Mushrooms of the genus Suillus are very numerous alongside pines, protected from the cold by a viscous coating. This slimy film can be laxative: it is better to peel it off the cap to discover good edibles without regrets. Best of all, the Slippery Jack (S. luteus) is very abundant. Another appreciable edible of the same genus, the Slippery Jill (S. salmonicolor) is scarce.

The indigo milky (Lactarius indigo), also a good edible, is also rather scarce, but cannot go unnoticed with its striking colors. Only sure value of its genus, the gipsy mushroom (Cortinarius caperatus) is abundant and well worth while. These are only a few of the mushrooms awaiting you under the pines for the next few weeks.

The Slippery Jack, typically mushroomy with subtle floral and fruity notes, deserves a special mention. Originally from Eurasia, the species followed the spread of pine plantations throughout America. It is found today in the pine forests all the way from our boreal forest to Patagonia. It can be harvested less than 5 years after planting and pine growth is increased by its symbiotic association with the host trees.

Mushroom production provides poor populations with income from sale (up to 35 kg/ha/year) and proteins (over 23% of dry weight) from eating. As this mushroom is unfortunately neglected by North American foragers, a large proportion of dried Slippery Jacks offered by Mycoboutique comes from South America. 

A few years ago, we discovered Albertan artisans whose creativity and dynamism have kept us going ever since. After having recommended their rices, risottos, soups, sauces, we now turn to their new and healthy mushroom ground meat in a practical sachet. In the same creative vein, Just Mushrooms introduces original recipes focusing on the nutritious properties of wild mushrooms. Just a few of the new features of the month.

Reaching out

In "normal" times, most of our visitors come from outside Québec, mainly from the United States. Mycoboutique has become for many of them a scheduled detour. Fungi Magazine is America's most informative and entertaining periodical for American mycologists, amateurs and professionals alike. Hosted by 'wizard' Britt Bunyard, it's packed with articles and illustrations from seasoned contributors. One way to reach out to our neighboring aficionados.

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