Alberta Campgrounds | Interesting Facts About Mushrooms
While there are many different types of things to forage for in Alberta campgrounds. From wild berries, as well as Labrador tea. There are also many different kinds of mushrooms that people can find.
There are dozens of different mushroom varieties. In many Alberta campgrounds. Such as elevated experience camping, just outside of Drayton Valley. Not all of the mushrooms are edible.
While some are in fact edible. Such as morale mushrooms, puffball mushrooms. Oyster mushrooms, and the popular variety, saffron milk caps. Some mushrooms are unpalatable. Therefore unsuitable for eating.
Some mushrooms are poisonous. And others, while unpalatable, or inedible. Our popular for medicinal uses. One of the most popular additional mushrooms. To be found in Alberta campgrounds.
Is the ratio family mushroom, Ganoderma Apple natum. In fact, this popular mushroom. Has an extremely long list of medicinal uses. Including anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving properties.
However, before anyone charges into the wilderness. In order to search for mushrooms to pick and eat. Or use in any kind of way. They must be very familiar. With what mushrooms look like. As well as how to identify.
The kinds of mushrooms that they are looking for. Many people think that all they need. Is to know what a mushroom looks like. In order to properly identify it. And therefore know if it is edible or not.
Unfortunately, many edible mushrooms. Also have a poisonous look alike. And therefore it is very important. That people now. All of the different ways to identify mushrooms. And then use all of those skills.
Every single time. They look for mushrooms in the wilderness. They must look for not only appearance. But they must also look for colour. Smell, and the mushrooms spore print.
A spore print is actually quite helpful. In identifying mushrooms. And telling the difference between mushrooms that are poisonous. And mushrooms that are safe to eat.
How to get a spore print from a mushroom. Is after a person picks the mushroom. They can place that Side down. On a piece of paper. Since mushrooms propagate through spores.
That are breathed out, through the gills. That are the ridges on the bottom side of a mushroom. When this mushroom. Is placed on a piece of paper. The continual release of the spores.
Will leave a print on the piece of paper. People can see the mushrooms spore print. In the shape of their gills. And the colour, is going to be the identifying factor.
Spore prints can be white, black or brown. Or even bright colours. Such as yellow, and hues of pinks and reds. Once a person is familiar. With all of the ways to identify a mushroom.
Then they can have a bit more confidence. As they go out into the wilderness. To forage for these organisms. To use for whatever purpose they may have for them. Not only are the edible mushrooms delicious.
But they are extremely nutritious as well. And can happily complement a very nutritious meal. Cooked over an open fire, at elevated experience camping.
Alberta Campgrounds | Interesting Facts About Wild Mushrooms
Mushrooms are popular to search for, throughout Alberta campgrounds. And if people want to know. If mushrooms grow in great varieties. In elevated experience camping. The resounding answer, is a great big yes.
In fact, there are dozens of different kinds of mushrooms. Found in the Alberta wilderness. Some are poisonous however. While others are harmless. Unpalatable, edible and even medicinal in nature.
One of the most popular mushrooms to search for. For medicinal uses is called the Ganoderma Apple natum. Which is a member of the ratio family of mushrooms. It has an extremely long list of medicinal uses.
When people are looking for mushrooms to eat. They can find several varieties in Alberta campgrounds. From the most popular saffron milk cap. Which is arguably one of the most popular mushrooms throughout the world.
But also, there are several different varieties. Of morale mushrooms, honey mushrooms. And oyster mushrooms. That often can mimic bacon in vegan recipes. There is even the white puffballs.
That can provide delicious nutrition. As well as a wonderful complement, to any meal. That is cooked over an open camp Fire. However, many people are nervous about foraging for mushrooms.
Because they do not know enough about these fascinating organisms. And are concerned about finding a variety. That is harmful, or even poisonous.
When people visit Alberta campgrounds at elevated experience camping. They do have a mushroom expert on staff. That will be more than happy to offer helpful hints. On how to search for mushrooms.
As well as how to identify mushrooms. And before anyone picks and consumes one. They should be very confident. In their ability to identify it. So for beginners, simply searching for mushrooms. Can be enough of a hobby.
Mushrooms typically grow where it is dark, damp. And a little bit cool. Which makes the wilderness. At elevated experience camping. A prime location to find mushrooms.
Not only are the boreal forests of Alberta very dark, and damp. But all of the shedding pine needles. Provide perfect coverage on the ground. To keep the ground cool and damp. In order to grow mushrooms.
When people find the mushrooms that they are looking for. They will notice that the mushrooms keep growing in the same type of area. Even if they come back years later. This is not just because.
The mushrooms like growing in the same kind of conditions. But because mushrooms are in fact. Just the fruit, of a larger organism. The larger organism is called a mycelium. And grows underground.
The mushrooms, simply grow from the mycelium. Which is why. Mushrooms will continue to grow in the area. Because the mycelium will keep having fruity bodies, which are the mushrooms themselves.
The mycelium and the mushrooms together. Make up the entire organism called fungi. And is in fact, the largest living organism on planet Earth. Spanning hundreds of square kilometres. If people are interested in learning more about mushrooms. He can talk to the experts at elevated experience camping today.