November 2012 Mycoscope
A Darling Lactarius (in Russia)
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At the very beginning of 2022, we are expecting you at our first recreative initiation evening here, Wednesday, January 19, in the shop: arguably, also an ideal gift idea for the Holidays. As for the intensive three-day "hunter-gatherer" training starting February 5, ten more attendees can join as of today.
After an interlude respecting sanitary guidelines, Mycoboutique resumes its mushroom cultivation workshop. Hopefully in stores: the next one is held on Sunday morning, March 20. Stay tuned!
Finally, registrations for the two excursions already announced for July and August are well underway and more seasonal opportunities will be announced soon.



The expression « Just-in-time » has become old fashion these days: it's now hard to find on the store shelves what you were expecting to find there. Mycoboutique has planned in advance and we have a few suggestions for you.
Mushroom wooden artworks
Robert Bellemare carves his mushroom sculptures on driftwood, jewels of cabinetry that combine several species of trees with contrasting grains.
Ceramic cups
Julie Johnson makes beautifully illustrated mugs illustrated with psilocybe mushrooms designs or a colorful variety of different species. Another concept: the ceramic mugs with a prominent fly agaric pattern are made from a mold created exclusively for Supayana and hand-glazed.
Handmade enamel pins
The enamel pins with colorful designs of porcini, morel, chanterelle, and numerous mushroom species are made by Gavin Canning on a metal die and covered with several layers of enamel, to be then polished.
Culture kits
Mushroom cultivation is becoming more and more popular and accessible to all. Produced in our lab, our kits allow novices to cultivate gastronomic species like oysters (white, blue,yellow, pink), lion’s mane and many others.

Obviously also, a wide choice of mushroom knives and baskets.



Svitlana spent her early years with her parents in northern Russia. Having lived in Montreal for the last few years, she is a regular attendee at our excursions. Here, she hunts for a wonderful mushroom of her childhood. She remembers it vividly: it was really good, she repeats, prepared in marinade or in brine, bathed in salt for 30 to 40 days. These days, she believes she has finally picked up a first specimen in a suburban woodland. The so-called rollrim milky (Lactarius resimus) is extremely popular in Russia as in Ukraine, at the top of the list, not far from porcini mushrooms.

In North America, this species can occasionally be found under firs and birches. It bears some resemblance to the very abundant deceiving milky (L. deceptivus), at best considered a poor edible here. Most North American guides do not recommend eating the “deceiving” and discard the more pungent “rollrim” as not edible.

Family mushroom hunting adventures permeate childhood memories all over the globe and forge our culinary preferences: an idealized species here may be disdained elsewhere. Beyond nostalgia, could a Russian recipe for various milkys including our indigenous arbor vitae or its « deliciosus » Europeen cousin create a bond between you and Svitlana? 



The few thousand species of fungi that we collect in nature are just the tip of an iceberg: millions of other species, yeasts among them, are microscopic, like the viruses and bacteria linked to pandemics. In fact, with exceptions like Mucor indicus which grows in temperatures up to 42°C, fungi cannot tolerate our internal body temperature, making them unlikely suspects. In addition, fungi are not contagious like viruses and bacteria can be.

Fungal infections result from inhaling spores, especially in ventilation systems. They are usually overpowered by a healthy immune response. However, the health hazard has recently increased. The occurrence of fungal infections is multiplied when immune defenses are weakened in the context of covid and/or anti-inflammatory treatments. Thus, research is now focused on preventing these potentially grave secondary infections.

Eugenia Bone's Microbia, after her joyful Mycophilia, pleasantly introduces the laymen to microbes, including fungi. With Fungarium, the Kew Botanical Garden illustrates the evolution from of the smallest to the largest fungi..


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