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- Created on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 06:34
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CEDAR RAPIDS - A federal food safety rule last year made it nearly impossible to buy wild morel mushrooms. Nothing prevented anyone from going into the woods finding their own and cooking them. But selling morels to someone else legally almost required a degree as a plant pathologist.
But wild mushroom fanciers can soon buy and sell at all sorts of outlets. That’s because Iowa lawmakers have created a morel inspector certification program to allow the sale safely.
Winifred’s chef David Meyer knows his wild mushroom from years of experience—both cooking and searching in the woods. But the change in federal food safety rules took morels off his menu last year. He couldn’t legally buy from someone who didn’t have an expert certification.
Read full story about the certification of morels >>>
- Created on Thursday, 17 November 2005 11:40
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by Samira Chandwani Sun Staff Writer
The next time you peruse the produce aisles in your local supermarket, you may want to take another look at those brown, woodsy portabellas or those small, white button-like mushrooms. If mycologists, perhaps more aptly termed mushroom aficionados, are right, these oft-forgotten, lowly fungi may actually be on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, retroviral therapies and combating biological warfare. Scientists like Paul Stamets have spent years researching the medical and environmental benefits and features of mycelia; the medical community and even the U.S. government have just started to realize that mushrooms are a treasure trove. Stamets, designated this year to be a Cornell lecturer, gave a talk yesterday afternoon on the role of the mushroom in the greater scheme of the biosphere.
Prof. Kathy Hodge, plant pathology, who specializes in mycology, described Stamets asa champion of mushrooms, a guru, even ? known for his innovative edge. Stamets has published six books, owns several patents and founded Fungi Perfecti, LLC twenty-five years ago. The company specializes in supplying mushroom-growth equipment, products to aid in the more efficient production of mushrooms and mushroom-based nutritional supplements.
- Created on Thursday, 17 November 2005 11:32
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Fall rains and cooler temperatures often bring mushrooms to lawns and gardens, but you don?t need to be alarmed. Mushrooms are actually the reproductive structures of fungi. If your property has mushrooms, it may indicate that your soil is healthy and a good place for trees and other plants to grow.
Fungi and bacteria play an integral role on earth. They break down complex organic compounds including proteins, carbohydrates and fats into their most basic elements. These basic compounds of life can be used by other generations of organisms. Plants rely on soil fungi and bacteria to digest these nutrients for them. In return, they feed the soil organisms with the sugars they make via photosynthesis.
Underground, below the mushrooms popping up on your lawn, are thread-like networks called hyphae. Some of these hyphae attach to plant roots, creating thread-like extensions that reach far into the soil, increasing the surface area of the plant roots up to 1,000 times. The fungal hyphae and the plant roots working together are called mycorrhizae. These intricate webs of hyphal filaments capture water and minerals and deliver them to plant roots via the mycorrhizae.
- Created on Thursday, 22 April 2004 20:35
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Morels are found in the spring in late April and May, when redbuds, dogwoods, and certain fruit trees bloom. The mushrooms appear about a week after the first good rain. The morel, Morchella esculenta, is one of the best-tasting, most popular mushrooms collected from the wild. It is the easiest wild mushroom to identify, even for a beginner.
Perkins, OK (PRWEB) April 21, 2004 -- Morels are found in the spring in late April and May, when redbuds, dogwoods, and certain fruit trees bloom. The mushrooms appear about a week after the first good rain. The morel, Morchella esculenta, is of the best-tasting, most popular mushrooms collected from the wild. It is the easiest wild mushroom to identify, even for a beginner. In springtime when the redbud blooms, the woods are full of wild mushrooms, says Mushroom Lady Sondra Detreau Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm. Williams is referring to the morel mushroom, Morchella esculenta, one of the best-tasting, most popular mushrooms collected from the wild. It is the easiest wild mushroom to identify, even for a beginner.