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Wild and naturalized mushrooms

Receding flood

We went hunting chicken of the woods mushrooms this weekend on the off chance the huge log we found in September would have put out another flush in this warm, wet weather. But it seems chicken of the woods isDecaying chicken of the woods much more seasonal than the oysters we've been picking in our own woods.

Oyster mushroom colors

Among the latter species, I've been noticing that one stump just past the edge of our core homestead has a much darker cap than the usual wild type, more like one of the varieties we plugged into logs from purchased spawn several years ago. I wonder if we're introducing new fungal strains to the local woods, and what impact that will have on the ecosystem? The effect on our dinner plates is definitely positive.

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