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Big Thanks to Renee’s Garden

for the heirloom seeds.   I won’t name them all right now, but I’ll probably post a few reviews during the growing season.  The really unusual package is gourmet cat greens consisting of rye, oats, barley and wheat. Most cat grass is rye or wheat and nothing else.  I’m sure Maitake will love them.

Renee’s Garden site is: http://www.reneesgarden.com/

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Maitake helping me sort out some household items.

My Richters Catalog is Here

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.

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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:

Cafe Britt Gourmet chocolate

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.

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Pickled Aborted Entoloma

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I just used a dill pickle recipe.  I never can plain mushrooms.  They’re low acid and I’m not confident that I can destroy the botulism spores in my kitchen.  But pickling removes the danger.

I have lots of new photos.   Maitake, honey mushrooms and other good edibles are out.  Check back the middle of next week and there should be lots of new posts, but I’m too busy to get them up right now.  Please feel free to comment about anything on the blog or the website itself.

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The Days Get Shorter

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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Just Wondering…

Since some medicinal mushrooms, in particular shitake, maitake and reishi, are associated with oaks, do acorns have the same or similar medicinal value?  Or does washing out all the harsh flavors before it is palatable render it useless medicinally? Not that there’s any acorns around in the Mid-Atlantic states this year (which may or may not have something to do with the lack of chanterelles this past summer.

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I’m a little late in posting this…

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

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