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Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada

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A book by David L. Spahr

"David Spahr combines his considerable knowledge of fungi, art, photography, fine cuisine, wine, and more into a beautiful and captivating book. For anyone interested in wild mushrooms, from beginner to expert, this unique work provides valuable … see full wiki

Author: David L. Spahr
Genre: Outdoors & Nature, Cooking, Food & Wine, Science
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
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Mushrooms Are Tops

  • Nov 10, 2009
MUSHROOMS - Edible and Medicinal by David L. Spahr
Reviewed by Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

This volume has virtually every variety of mushrooms popularized
in the organic foods marketplace. Each mushroom type is presented
in full color together with its proximate location and use; namely,
edible, non-edible or medicinal.

Mushrooms are fungi. The fungi release digestive enzymes to
decompose living and dead matter. There are 100,000 species
consisting of molds, yeasts and mushrooms. There are specific
rules for collecting mushrooms and identifying them.
i.e. pores, teeth and ridge networks.
There are specific tree types which host mushrooms
i.e. Maples host Oyster Mushrooms in the fall and early winter .

Digital cameras with at least 5 megapixels should be employed to
obtain high quality pictures of mushrooms in their natural state.
The Maitake mushrooms are known to have considerable medicinal
properties. For instance, they aid in boosting the immune system to
fight cancer and stabilize blood pressure. Secondary uses include
anti-hypertension and anti-diabetic properties. A full 98% of the
Maitake mushrooms are found around oak and dead tree trunks.
Ideally, mushrooms should be washed with a sink sprayer.

The book provides an extensive section on compatible wines to
specific mushroom types. For instance, Chanterelle mushrooms
may be eaten with a dry white wine. Hedgehog mushrooms
go well with Sherry or Port wine. The Horse Mushroom goes good
with dry red wine.

This acquisition would be excellent for the food connoisseur in
your household. In addition, physicians, nutritionists,
health buffs and professional chefs will enjoy this book immensely.
An excellent bibliography is provided for the readership.
The book is priced reasonably.

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