Identification: A. Muscaria?

Discussion in 'Fungi, Lichens and Slime Molds' started by FrontRoRugby, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. FrontRoRugby

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    I have a friend who's found a few mushrooms and thinks they're Amanita muscaria. Neither of us can be 100% sure. He's considering eating them if they are. I have photos, but I was wondering if there are any similar looking mushrooms in the greater Vancouver area (Richmond, more specifically if it makes any difference)
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    If in doubt, don't. Certainly looks like it. Use a detailed regional mushroom field guide to be sure.
     
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    Looks like I'm off to the library
    Although it matches everything for classifying it on wikipedia. Granted, I could go change the entire wikipedia entry right now.
     
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    Go to this page. http://www.mushroomexpert.com/amanita_muscaria.html. Read it and find out why it says "YOU ARE STUPID IF YOU EAT THIS MUSHROOM". I can only speak for myself, but I imagine that the page sums up the opinion of most mushroomers on this board.
     
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    I actually believe i've read that one. haha. I spent aroiund 2 days just reading everything there was to read.
     
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    Is Amanita muscaria,

    100%

    TOXIC
    POISONUS
    TOXIC
    POISONUS
    TOXIC
    POISONUS

    Don't EAT ! ! ! ! ! !
     
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    see i've heard that, but i've also heard that cooking it down (preparing it, etc) makes it less toxic
    i also know that lots of people in italy eat it. they boil it for a few minutes with salt
     
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    I've prepared the north american variety as they do in Europe. I assure you that it didn't remove any toxins (or at least not enough to sufficiently prevent the ill-effects a classical A. muscaria poisioning).
     
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    Don't eat.

    Don't eat.

    Don't eat.

    Go out to find King Bolete and similar, they are edible!
     
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    Doesn't matter how many times you state that, people will always go out to find Amanita muscaria to eat it and *try* to get some kind of high off it.

    You can even buy dried A. muscaria on Ebay. I don't know who is stupider, the people who sell it or the people who buy it.
     

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