I've been the mushroom farmer for a few years now, admittedly only with my camera (until the damned thing broke), I don't have the nerve yet to pick and eat as I don't trust my reference books, actually I trust them fine its my ability to compare and contrast I don't trust, there is always to many possibilities in my mind.

What I would love is a knowledge share with an old mushroom hunter, the older the better as far as I'm concerned as they must have been doing it right in order to reach that age. Failing that I would like to use the photos on my site to crowd source opinion and help me identify the cheeky we devils & angels and move forward into exploring there culinary delights with more confidence.

I'll keep building the collection up and hopefully find an accommodating venue to throw photos some on the walls, or whatever, the idea behind them is more of creative expression then documentation per-say, hence the little naked people that crop up every know and then (as in the pictured).

Another thing I have found difficult to find in NZ is a good grow your own kit or inoculated log?

Happy hunting.

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Comment by Ian Bennett on August 31, 2010 at 8:02pm
Oh and also - can you find chicken of the wood? Or puffballs?
Comment by Ian Bennett on August 31, 2010 at 7:49pm
Hey, I've always wanted to learn a little about foraging - especially for fungi. If anyone knows a little and is keen for a walk, near Auckland please give us a shout. Guess we have to wait til autumn?

Does anyone know if NZ has truffles? I read that someone was developing a farm, but I don't know if they are found naturally here.
Comment by Stillcookin on August 31, 2010 at 7:12pm
The Mushroom Cultivator
By Paul Stamets and J.S. Chilton. This book details the cultivation of 16 edible mushrooms.
Comment by Richard McCoy on August 31, 2010 at 6:42pm
Hey guys, yes I bough one of those kits the other day and just started them, glad they pay out loads, looking forward to it, I wouldn't mind learning how to harvest the spores to keep the cycle going.
Comment by Stillcookin on August 31, 2010 at 5:52pm
Comment by Stillcookin on August 31, 2010 at 5:52pm
I've been growing mushrooms for close to 15 years. There are only 4 or 5 mushrooms I will ingest from the wild. I can identify those 100%. You need a microscope to indentify the rest. I don't think having your internal organs melt, is a nice way to go! I take no chances. Check out My Page for a pic of my lab.
Comment by Liz on August 23, 2010 at 9:47am
Try this link. http://www.mapuacountrytrading.co.nz/harvest/OysterMushroomKits.htm. They have shitake and button too.
Comment by Romain and Lucy on August 13, 2010 at 4:50pm
I found some Oyster mushroom kits in our local Palmers garden centre and they've been pretty good. All it is is a bag of sawdust and some spores, but it keeps on giving!


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