Lots of them… like 5 grocery bags full between two of us. Urban drive by mushrooming. Who’s gonna help me eat them?
It’s one of my favorites. Always something new as well as a sentence or two about the medicinal uses of each plant, if there are any. Good reading while the wind howls outside and Maitake watches the birds at the feeder from her window perch. And speaking of maitake, this year Richters is carrying kits to grow your own.
|Plants, Seeds, More!|
Maitake the mushroom, growing only at the base of oak trees (although it can be cultivated on other media):
Maitake the cat, found anywhere in the house, but especially at her food bowl or her window perch:
Chocolate… doesn’t mix well with either maitake or Maitake (she’d rather have fresh tuna anyhow), but tastes great to us, especially this time of year:
Keep your feline friends in the house this week if at all possible. Maitake has not been out of the house since I found her in the woods when I was searching for maitake the mushroom. She would not wear a leash as a kitten and would not last 10 minutes outside on her own in this urban environment. She gets a lot of pampering indoors, including a window perch and a bird feeder that attracts cat entertainment. The good thing about setting up a bird feeder as entertainment for cats is you don’t drive yourself nuts trying to keep squirrels away from the feeder. It’s all kitty amusement.
I’ve been so busy I almost forgot the equinox earlier this week. The days get shorter, the weather gets cooler and a different crop of mushrooms appear. That is, if we can get some real rain instead of drizzle.
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but I found Grifola frondosa (maitake) in late October, with a little help from Ron who works for a MD parks service. It seems that it is coming in later and later, if at all. Since I find maitake further north before finding it here, I believe it needs a certain range of cool temperatures, above freezing, before fruiting.
Ron with a large maitake
The maitake blends into the leaves and debris