I’m one of those extremely cautious people about a lot of things in life. One of which is foraging, growing and identifying mushrooms. The pictures of families going on fungus foraging walks in Tokai forest in Cape Town give a mixture of fomo & dread.
Last year I came across an amazing local resource in the form of Craig Fourie, the Mushroom Guru, when loads of mushrooms my husband and I had never seen before, popped up in our garden after some rains in March. I emailed the Mushroom Guru my pictures and in no time at all he had helped me to identify to the best of his knowledge, which the Click the link to visit his informative website and find out about workshops for growing fungi, safety tips and help to ID the shrooms in your garden. Unfortunately his Twitter account has been inactive for quite a while.
Below are the pictures of the mushrooms which I sent him, and his feedback.
…the bracket fungus in photo1 is from the Ganoderma family. I would need to see the underside and the cap more closely to tell you which one exactly. You can Google Ganoderma and maybe find a match. All mushrooms in South Africa that have pores on the underside are either edible, medicinal or both.
Photos 2 and 3 are that of a Hygrocybe. I would need to see the gills to tell you which one. One of Hygrocybes that are popping up now are that of the Blackening Wax Cap. You now have a reference to work from, so you can check the gill colour and compare with what you find under the name Hygrocybe.
The featured picture at the top of the post is of yet another ganoderma. That one started growing at the bottom of the shrub in the middle of the Chicken McMansion, which isn’t far from where the other one grew last year. I distinctly remember throwing a stale bun there, that the chickens didn’t get to. I wonder if that bun somehow contributed to the growth of that mushroom. The shrub is still alive and thriving, and I know that fungus prefers dead organic matter.
I did do some reading on the ganodermaimage and found out that they are a sought after ingredient in health supplements and teas from the Far East. I’ve been advised by a guy on Instagram who is nuts about the tea, to dry the mushrooms and make a tonic. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m too chicken. I may consider getting a grow at home kit though, so that I know exactly what I’m getting. That’s it from my garden.
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