Mushrooms!

On Monday night Gary brought you three fantastic examples of Agaricus Campestris (Field Mushroom).

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They were fantastic in a quick fried pan with garlic and with fresh parsley garnished!

You where so excited about the find of such familiar mushroom you end-up spending the next two mornings looking for more, to finally find one this morning.

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Is quite common for Italian, Polish, Russian and Ex-Yugoslavian people to spend the week-ends of late march-early april on mushroom gathering expeditions.

You can relate to that, as you spent most of your youth’s autums in Italy doing exactly the same thing, fill up jars of preserved seasonal treats.

You became quite familiar with a few species, like Boletus (Bule’ in Piedmonteese, your native language) and Agaricus.

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Note the pinky colour gills

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Note the white colour of the flesh after recision

You knew straight away there were the ones, but ate so much of it that the day after you were still digesting it all.

So, your reader may not be aware that mushrooms live in simbiosis with particular plants.
Boletus and Lactarius deliciosus live in pine forests and in Australia most of state forests are planted with Radiata Pines.

Here is a quick itro to mushrooms in Pine forests

and here there’s one on field mushrooms.

About info

Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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6 Responses to Mushrooms!

  1. Mickie Quick says:

    what about Magic one’s boss?

  2. info says:

    Hey mr Quick, good to see you coming trhough!
    Magic Mushrooms (Psillocibe) are native in australia. yep, this continent has its own version of the most famous fungi, and therefore do not interest me (for weed investigation porpouses).
    can show pictures thou!
    ;)

  3. luca says:

    reminds me of the calvino story “fungi in citta’” do you know it guccio?

    the “operaio” (arturo marcovaldo i think his name is) who is the star of the whole book “marcovaldo: ovvero le stagioni in citta’” (?) and his neighbour-rivals collect so many mushrooms from little patches of dirt in the city and gobble them down. i think they get the variety wrong though, and end up in hospital…

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