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Medical Mushrooms

Given the success of medical and recreational marijuana initiatives in the US and the strengthening support for ending cannabis prohibition, why haven't we also seen a push for the legalization of shrooms for medical purposes? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey on May 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Instructions on the care of a domesticated fairy ring.

My family's been living in this house for about ten years, and early on I noticed we had a fairy ring on the property. When our kids were little, they loved the fairy ring and asked me to mow around it, which I've done for the past six or seven years. This year I noticed that it seemed to expand. Since I don't cut it, there's a circle of longer grass from last year inside of where the fairy ring showed up this spring, as if the ring grew a little bit larger. I also noticed a smaller fairy ring, about a quarter of the size, seemed to be growing about fifteen yards away. I guess what I'm wondering is, by not mowing over the fairy ring, are we helping it get bigger, maybe even spawning baby fairy rings? What do you know about the care, feeding, and life cycle of the domesticated fairy ring? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 12, 2014 - 6 answers

"They all ate the mushrooms, and died." In the novel, that is.

A bunch of years ago I read the first chapter of a French novel. It was funny. In that first chapter the narrator's family spends a day picking mushrooms, then eats them for dinner and they all die. The writer was French (possibly Belgian), with a 'punchy' name as I remember it. The novel was 'comic' (I think), and not especially long. I want to say it was written between the 50's and 60's but don't remember why I think that. There's a chance the author is also known for some other, non-writing endeavor (a la Nick Cave). I never wrote down the name of the novel or the writer because both had lodged in my head. Well, they've become dis-lodged and recently I went mushroom picking and spent the whole time trying to remember this novel and/or its author. Please. I've googled to no avail.
posted by From Bklyn on Oct 22, 2013 - 6 answers

I can only identify the 1UP's and the power-ups

I have no background knowledge in mycology whatsoever. But I would like to improve my mushroom-identification knowledge from zero to at least beginner-101 level. What resources [online, print books, or other] might be most useful for someone [me] who wants to be able to recognize the mushrooms near his home in Upper Valley VT/NH? Bonus points for resources that will help me to understand whether the mushroom is dangerous for dogs to ingest. [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Aug 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Shark-infested custard

Dear people of Mefi, please help me. I am a serial killer of houseplants. Two years ago I inherited my daughter's houseplants when she moved, including this small tree-like thing. I'll admit it's a bit twisted but it's not dead yet. But what the effing jeff is this stuff? How did it get there? What did I do? Why is it yellow? Will it kill the plant? Will it kill us all? How shall I deal with it, should I dig it up? Chuck the whole plant out? Why did it even happen? And how will I face my daughter now? tell you what, it's put me right off (Title refers to answer of well-known UK children's riddle.) [more inside]
posted by glasseyes on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Mycology nerds unite! Please!

I went to visit my folks today, which was great. My dad and mom have a beautiful place in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and I noticed a great bloom of very serious mushrooms on one isolated part of their lawn. My 8 year old daughter plays there frequently as does my folks' 4 year old yellow lab (argh, no photos, sorry) and I am concerned and curious about what is growing on the lawn this year. Not only are they awesome and copious, but some of them have bites in them and are rotting and sagging. Any experts care to weigh in? I would like to know what they are, how poisonous they are (or not) and how to get rid of them if they are That Bad....photos below the fold...$5 bill may appear for size comparison.... I am captivated by the sheer variety and number of these guys this year. I just want to know more about them in general and if there are any precautions I need to take. Thank you, guys, as always. Pics below the fold. [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 on Jul 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Morel preparation for a n00b

I impulse-bought 0.2 lbs of morels at the market. Now what do I do!? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Jun 10, 2013 - 18 answers

Maitake mushrooms turning unpleasantly bitter?

I made a pilaf with young hen-of-the-woods/maitake mushrooms on Monday night. It was delicious. This morning I nuked some leftovers for breakfast (it's been refrigerated for the past 36 hrs), and the mushroom pieces are now shockingly bitter. What happened? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Jan 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Calling All Metaphilter Mycophiles

Secret Santa gift for a mushroom obsessed coworker? Help me, Metaphilter Mycophiles! [more inside]
posted by JuliaIglesias on Dec 8, 2012 - 27 answers

Dishes similar to sautéd chanterelles?

I really enjoy eating sautéd chanterelles. Can you recommend similar dishes that are quick to make (~10 min), have very few, fresh ingredients and have an elegant and mild flavor?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Dec 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Maitakes or other large mushrooms in Sacramento for Thanksgiving

I've been thinking about roasting a whole maitake (hen of the woods) or other large mushroom or mushroom cluster for Thanksgiving. Where might I find something suitable in the Sacramento area? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Nov 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Mushrooms! You are nice, but why are you in my soil?

I just opened a brand! new! bag of potting soil, and there are a bunch of mushrooms growing in it. Is this a sign that I have amazing! potting soil full of vitality, or a sign that I should return it to the store?
posted by ambilevous on Jun 10, 2012 - 8 answers

What does it all mean?

Can askmefi break down my experience with psilocybin mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on May 3, 2012 - 5 answers

tripping for the first time

What are some good songs to listen to on shrooms? Any other ideas on how to have a good trip appreciated as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 54 answers

In search of Portobello and shrimp recipe for New Year's yummies

Help me make Portobello mushrooms + small frozen shrimp = delicious New Year's eve hors d'oeuvre? [more inside]
posted by taz on Dec 30, 2011 - 9 answers

THE MUSHROOM OF COURSE

What are your favorite mushroom-intensive recipes? [more inside]
posted by lalex on Sep 30, 2011 - 40 answers

Does anyone know how to replicate Umami Burger pickled mushrooms?

Umami Burger pickled mushrooms. Does anyone have a similar recipe? [more inside]
posted by tcskeptic on Jul 29, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me remember a morel hunting location?

I either need help remembering the exact location of a very productive morel hunting location in southern IL, or else some tips on other good locations in or near western KY. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on May 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a drug addict support organization besides NA

Please suggest support groups for recovering drug addicts besides Narcotics Anonymous (NA). [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Apr 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Obvious Mushroom Joke

Help! I'm looking for a source where I can buy about 30 Ganoderma applanatum fungi, also known as shelf fungus, bracket mushrooms, and artist conks. The idea is to use them for an art workshop, so they need to be blank. I'm really striking out on Google. Any ideas?
posted by Miko on Apr 5, 2011 - 6 answers

¿Receta con hongos?

Looking for traditional Mexican mushroom recipes (Receta con hongos) [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Nov 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Where can I buy Haitian black mushrooms?

Where can I buy Haitian black mushrooms (djon djon) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada or online? [more inside]
posted by KathyK on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

I'll be quiet...(I'll be peace)

After the tragic death of a friend in an accident while on psychedelic drugs, I told my parents about brief psychedelic drug experimentation in the past. Problem: now family think I'm a hopeless addict, completely distrust me, think they have failed completely, and are scared to pieces that I'm going to die and am a bad person. How do I convince them otherwise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2010 - 41 answers

Delicious recipes for dried porcini mushrooms wanted.

Vegetarian recipe filter: I have 17 oz of dried porcini mushroom pieces in my freezer. All I can think of to do with them is soup and risotto. I'd love some more ideas or recipes. [more inside]
posted by shamash on Jun 18, 2010 - 16 answers

What's the morel of the story?

Other than the farmer's market, where can some rookie mushroom hunters find morels near Portland, OR this weekend? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Jun 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Is it safe to eat maggots/mealworms?

A friend gave me some freshly picked porcini (boletus) mushrooms. Some of the bigger ones which looked fine on the outside, were almost hollow and full of bugs inside. They were squiggly white worm-like, with black heads. Either maggots or mealworms. I don't have a problem eating insects, but was wondering if it's safe to eat this particular type of bug? Thanks.
posted by matrushka on Jun 15, 2010 - 13 answers

I have the ingredients, now I need a recipe!

What do I do with lemongrass, mushrooms and soup greens? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Mar 21, 2010 - 8 answers

When should I revisit my porcini patch?

How quickly do porcini grow? [more inside]
posted by quasistoic on Oct 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Can I mail fresh chanterelles?

How can I mail chanterelles? Will freshly picked chanterelles hold up unrefrigerated in a cardboard box for 3-5 days? If not, will sauteed and vacuum-sealed ones make it? I would like to send some fresh as a gift, but not if they show up rotten and slimy.
posted by scose on Oct 7, 2009 - 6 answers

How long do mushrooms remain in your system?

How long do magic mushrooms remain in your system? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Aug 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Did this really happen? Have you heard a version of the story?

Help me find out more about this urban legend. [more inside]
posted by idiopath on Apr 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Why do I always lose everything important?

Recipe filter: mushroom and scallop pot pie recipe. Dinner party rapidly approaching, and boyfriend or I managed to lose the recipe. Help! [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Apr 3, 2009 - 2 answers

What are these weird things?

Weird stuff I found in Canada: what kind of mushrooms are these? What kind of sea creatures are these? [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady on Mar 26, 2009 - 3 answers

mushroom mushroom

Making my own mushroom plugs? [more inside]
posted by Pants! on Jan 20, 2009 - 3 answers

shrooms and nutritional value?

Do shrooms have any nutritional value? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jan 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Is canned air safe for use on food?

Is it safe to clean the loose dirt off mushrooms using canned air? I came up with this idea the other night, and it works very well, but canned air is a different gas than compressed air.
posted by kalneva on Oct 12, 2008 - 12 answers

Which came first, the mushroom or the spore?

How do psychoactive mushroom spore vendors not get in trouble? [more inside]
posted by samph on Jul 1, 2008 - 12 answers

Pondering Mycological Mysteries in the North Woods--book recommendations?

What field guide for mushrooms should I get? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma on Jun 22, 2008 - 9 answers

A basket of Morels and a stick of butter, now what?

My girls and I just came across these Morels in the backyard. How should we eat them? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on May 11, 2008 - 14 answers

They don't *look* magical...

Calling all mycologists, mycophiles, and mychowhatsists! What are these mushrooms that are growing like crazy in my front yard? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Mar 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Not a portabello...

Is this a mushroom? [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jan 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Do mushrooms need peeling?

My wife, and her family, insist that "white" supermarket mushrooms must be "peeled" (or, barring that, washed) prior to eating. I always ate the things right out of the package, possibly using a brush to get the black stuff (dirt? mushroom grower poop?) off, if I think of it. Do mushrooms need to be peeled or cleaned?
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Sep 20, 2007 - 41 answers

Into the Rabbit Hole? Looking for Messed Up Cinematography

I'm looking for films similar to Jan Švankmajer's Alice and Faust. I watched Alice in July, and two nights ago I watched Faust under the influence of some hallucinogenics. I'm especially interested in movies similar to Faust. Some philosophical content would be awesome. What do you got?
posted by radgardener on Sep 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Where to go mushroom picking in NYC area?

Where to go mushroom picking in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on Sep 2, 2007 - 6 answers

Why did my friend temporarily lose his mind?

MushroomsFilter: What causes a person to "lose their mind" temporarily on magic mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2007 - 22 answers

Seeking Tassili Cave Painting Photograph

Seeking Tasilli Cave Painting photograph [more inside]
posted by prostyle on Aug 9, 2007 - 2 answers

Kill me, drug me, heal me, or fill me?

Can I eat these mushrooms growing in my front yard here in sunny Brisbane, Australia?Flickr photo set
posted by shokod on Feb 18, 2007 - 17 answers

Make Room for the Make Room For The Mushrooms Ad

I have been searching for video of a 1980s UK advert quite possibly for mushrooms, which featured lines of mushrooms marching towards the viewer chanting "Make Room For The Mushrooms!" I have looked on YouTube, etc and searched vaguely around torrent sites. Does anyone have it on VHS just waiting to be capped and uploaded or (more realistically) any ideas where I might find it or where else I might ask
posted by criticalbill on Sep 30, 2006 - 8 answers

Dude, what happened to my buzz?

Why can't I get high like I used to? (and a bevy of semirelated drug questions) [more inside]
posted by elr on May 9, 2006 - 42 answers

Chanterelle recipes

What are your favorite recipes using chanterelles? [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Feb 22, 2006 - 7 answers

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