Sunday, October 24, 2010
In normal years past I have had some difficulty finding Pine mushrooms (Tricholoma magnivalare) with any degree of consistency. This is obviously not a normal year! I had been told recently by a women who sells mushrooms for a living that every ten years or so there will be a bumper crop of these mushrooms. I'm beginning to think she was telling the truth.
Disclaimer: (It's a noted fact that mushroom gatherers have been known to stretch the truth on occasion)
So far this year I have managed to collect around 25 pounds of these gems and I have broiled, baked, fried, sautéed, steamed, dried and frozen all those that weren't full of worms. Oh yes ... did I mention that insects love these things also? There is nothing more disheartening than cutting into the stem of a Pine and seeing a bunch of little worm holes.
Now I know of people that ignore this fact and cook them anyway claiming the added protein is actually good for you but I'm not one of them .... Most of the protein that passes my lips (at least intentionally) was very recently clothed in feathers .... not housed in a cocoon!!!