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Saint Georges Mushrooms... Anyone found any yet?
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cab



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 05 10:16 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
Just went and gave them a good sniff....No scent at all. Not "mealy" as in starter, main course then pudding, then?


Mealy like a sack of grain is the best way to describe it.

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 05 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nope...zero smell. Maybe because they are in the fridge.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 05 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
Nope...zero smell. Maybe because they are in the fridge.


The fridge won't help

It's more pronounced with older specimens; the ones you've got will be more kind of chickeny-mushroomy (as opposed to almondy-mushroomy, if you know what I mean).

Platypus



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 05 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just found these in the garden!



They are quite small, 3-4cm across, not very many of them and the slugs found them before I did.
But could they be St Georges?


cab



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 05 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Platypus; they could be, but it's always hard to say from pictures. They will get extended stipes like that sometimes, but there's something else about them that doesn't look QUITE right.

It's especially hard to tell from a photo of mushrooms that have grown in an unusual spot, becase anything odd about the specimen can be as much down to that as anything else.

Platypus



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 05 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab,

The stipe of the one in closeup is actually longer than that of the others - it had to grow from under the blue ball.

They smell quite distinctly shroomy (I like that word - even if it isn't a real one ) a bit like chesnut mushrooms do when you open the clingfilm that the supermarkets like to wrap them in .
But I guess that's probably not the way you get them

Anyway, I don't have any plans to eat this batch. If however they put in a regular appearance I would be nice to get a positive ID.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 05 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Platypus wrote:
cab,

The stipe of the one in closeup is actually longer than that of the others - it had to grow from under the blue ball.

They smell quite distinctly shroomy (I like that word - even if it isn't a real one ) a bit like chesnut mushrooms do when you open the clingfilm that the supermarkets like to wrap them in .
But I guess that's probably not the way you get them

Anyway, I don't have any plans to eat this batch. If however they put in a regular appearance I would be nice to get a positive ID.


It would be handy to know for sure, wouldn't it?

Have you got a copy of Phillips?

And as for wrapping mushrooms in plastic, it's such a cullinary faux pas that I can't condone it. Flaming supermarkets

Reports of St.Georges mushrooms are coming in thick and fast now, they're appearing everywhere.

Platypus



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 05 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No I've not got a copy of Phillips, is it the one you use?

I've looked on Rogers site, but I find his pictures aren't really comprehensive enough. They are good but I would be happier if there was plan, elevation and side views (I come from an engineering backround )

Now, if somebody could put together a 3D catalogue on the web, where you could rotate, pan and zoom..... WOW!

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 05 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Platypus wrote:
Now, if somebody could put together a 3D catalogue on the web, where you could rotate, pan and zoom..... WOW!


If you ever get the urge, we'd love to host it

Platypus



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 05 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I often get the urge.....


But I doubt you'd want to post the results

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 05 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


nettie



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 05 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I found some mushrooms that look like the ones in the first pic - they smell like an ancient book! Is that what you'd call "mealy"?

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 05 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Like an ancient book... Yes, I'd say that's close.

As for Phillips, his book tends to give you a good view of all the identifying features you need. It isn't faultless, but it's the best one there is.

nettie



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 05 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sadly I won't get my hands on a copy till the weekend - I'll just dry 'em for now till I can check it out

cab



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 05 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We took a saunter to our locak scrubby woods yesterday afternoon. Picked a good half basket or so of St. Georges shrooms, and enjoyed chicken and mushroom pie for dinner. Tonight it's sorrel soup (made with sorrel we picked on the way to the woods, along with some Jack by the Hedge for extra flavour), and leftover pie.

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