Wednesday, April 16, 2008

M is for Mushroom in ABC Wednesday



According to Wikipedia:

A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source
As far as I could determine from another place in Wikipedia, the mushroom I found were of the type
Birch Bracket (Piptoporus betulinus - also known as Razor Strop) is one of the most common polyporous bracket fungi and, as the name suggests, grows almost exclusively on Birch trees. The brackets burst out from the bark of the tree, and these fruiting bodies can last for more than a year. Technically, it is an edible mushroom, with a strong, pleasant "mushroomy" odour but a bitter taste. It is said to have medicinal properties, and the velvety cut surface of the fruiting body were used as a strop for finishing the finest of edges on razors. Dried specimens have also been used as tinder, and this fungus was carried by "Ötzi the Iceman" - the 5,000 year old mummy found in the Tyrol.
We seem to be in good historic company here. And it is also evident from the pictures here that this particular mushroom is very fond of birches.

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52 comments:

quintarantino said...

Those are huge mushrooms!

detroit dog said...

I always like the information that you give.

Interesting pix.

KOSTAS said...

Marvellous the photographs, mushrooms enormous with very beautiful colours.
I insistently look at and admire second!
Great post!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Jøss, så store de er! Nydelige bilder enno en gang fra deg. Nydelige skarphet og farver. Ja dette kan du!

Wonderful photo's from you ones again. Fantastic color too! well done:)

Texas Travelers said...

Great "M" post. I love the information you give and the photos also.

Mine is up,
Come visit

Alan said...

Lacking birch trees I could not get those here... we have other types but they don't get nearly that big. Did you take a bite of one? They are edible, after all - right? I'll pass. :)

Petunia said...

Bra valg for M! Ble nesten som en liten skoletime innlegget he hos deg. Derimot har man ikke vondt av en liten oppfrisking av kunnskap:)

Petunia's ABC

Paulie said...

WOW! I have never seen mushrooms growing on tree trunks before! Interesting.

leslie said...

Fabulous photos! Congratulations. :D

evlahos said...

excellent choice, wonderful shots

ArneA said...

And the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Is it harvesting season at Vestlandet for these vegetables. When.
Great M.

Ida said...

Fine funn. Dise soppene er dekorative.

Og du, en digresjon, da blir det te...! ;)
Håper vi får det til i løpet av sommeren da. Når trønderen og rogalendingen ankommer.

Anonymous said...

Mightly mushrooms - interesting photo's.

mrsnesbitt said...

We discovered a huge puffball in our garden last year. I checked the reference books and when I found it was safe to eat I cooked it! Delicious! Haven't had any more grow since however, I do keep looking!

Miss_Yves said...

Marvellous shot.
I'll give you the french name...if I remember it , maybe "langue de boeuf"
Miss Yves

Kjerstis Hjørne said...

Stilige bilder.

Lykke til neske uke med N..

babooshka said...

Marvellous info and magnifcent mushrooms. Don't think i have ever seen any so big in the flesh.

Picturing of Life said...

great shot. What a huge mushrooms you have :D

Hope you have time visit my M Thanks

Gordon said...

I love mushrooms, but i guess these will not end up on my plate. Great photos and information.

starnitesky said...

I like the different shapes of these Mushrooms - lovely photos

Andrea said...

Amazing how those mushrooms grow. Interesting post.

ellen b said...

Wow! That's amazing. I don't think I've ever seen mushrooms growing out of trunks like that!

Ackworth Born said...

Fungi growing on trees make fantastic photographs.

I've seen a few in various places over the years - never harvested them though.

Jan said...

I've never seen mushrooms growing on trees! Thanks for the great shots, and the post.

naturglede said...

Disse bildene av flotte da, for å beskrive M i ABC.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Excellent photos. I have seen some on the birches here but most of them have been destroyed or eaten by wildlife or perhaps humans now that I read they are "edible"... very nice.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Boy those are some huge mushrooms, they look like they could be great for a waterfall, LOL
Also very good information

Garden Angel said...

Ojjj....det var litt av noen sopper du!
Tøffe bilder:)
Ha en fin kveld Rune!

photowannabe said...

Perfect choice for the letter M. I love the second picture. The simplicity of the branch and single fungus is eye catching.

Garden Angel said...

Takk for kommentaren..hehe...jeg kan jo late som om pest-bildene er fra et eller annet snekkermagasin iallefall...som "før"-bilder;)

Juha Ylitalo said...

Sky in middle picture seems to blown out, but other than that, I like your idea of using M for mushrooms and the photographs that you've taken about mushrooms.

Anne-Berit said...

De der var jammen store.Bildene dine er fantastiske,greit med litt informasjon også.Skikkelig bra!

Katney said...

I have had a fascination iwth mushrooms I have found on forest hikes. They are of such variety. I posted a couple of series of pictures of different ones last fall, and will probably do so again after another season of hiking. Your selection of mushroom photos is beautiful.

John said...

Fin og informativ post for M, bildene var også veldig fine.
Her lærte jeg litt også.

Nydia said...

Great mushroom! Looks tasty, I love eating them, specially with pasta, yummy! By coincidence, Kostas also posted a mushroom at his blog! :) Loved the info, I'm the kind of person who likes to know everything behind the scenes! Kisses from Nydia.

Neva said...

My daughter says that some tree mushrooms will burn your skin....so I am not fan of many mushrooms....those are huge.

david mcmahon said...

Always such a reward to visit your blog. My favourite shot is the last one.

In reply to your question about auto-posting on Blogger, yep, it is possible.

Just go back to my post titled `Writers Block' and it's all explained there.

The link is http://david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/2008/04/writers-block.html

Let me know if you have any problems ....

BumbleVee said...

great shots RunE...

the only ones I see are all over my lawn after a rain... probably toadstools ... but who knows for sure.

GAWO said...

Stilig!
Og som alltid hos deg er det lærdom puttet inn.
Har du gått på soppjakt for å få så fine M-bilder eller var de der rett framfor deg?

Det bilde som du har som heading nå, er det fra hytteområdet ditt? Det er så nydelig.

Takk for fin kommentar på mitt M-valg idag.

GAWO said...

... jeg har studert bildet ditt... og jeg finner et koselig grønt hus i venstre hjørne. :-) Minner veldig om fargen som vi fikk se i en post 24. mars.

kbbryant said...

The mushrooms are magnificent!
Kathy b

Old Wom Tigley said...

We have these beauties over here Rune.. I have never tasted them but Peter my friend eats them when they are young and more tender..

Marie said...

Eg er berre såvidt innom på ein lynvisitt til dei som har kommentert hos meg.

Nydelege bilete!

Sharon said...

Great pictures and good info! thanks.

Lara said...

they look so cool! I have to publish the ones that we spotted too!

Marie said...

Great photos. I don't know the name of these mushrooms in French.

Abraham Lincoln said...

These do a magnificent job in getting rid of wood. Nice shots.

kRiZ cPEc said...

look like they are gigantic ones.
Thanks for the info as well.

Dragonstar said...

Very informative - and fascinating! I love the last photo.

VP said...

Marvellous mushrooms! I love funghi, especially bracket fungus as these would be called over here.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Oh my, I have never seen mushrooms growing on trees and logs. Normally, you will have to get very low to the wet ground to photograph these beauties.

raf said...

Love the shrooms and your post!