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Water Catchment

Saturday, September 15th, 2007 by Brian

Great news! My huge stone cistern is finally full! 67,000 liters of water. All the other water storage things are full too.

So for a couple weeks we have all the water we want. As the rains taper off, then we will have to go back into conservation mode. This year I will have 5 times more water than last year, though I will have more guests too.
I still need to build the sauna and more composting toilets.

Recipe: Pasta with Orejas de Ratónes and Tomatoes

Monday, September 3rd, 2007 by Marie

We enjoy lots of dishes with our forest-harvested mushrooms, but pasta with orejas de ratónes is easy to prepare and delicious!

Pasta with tomatoes and mushrooms


  • 5 oz pasta
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced finely
  • 3-4 handfuls mushrooms - we use orejas de ratón harvested here at the Bosque
  • 2 roma tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
  • salt


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. Cook garlic and mushrooms in olive oil over low heat for 5-7 minutes
  3. Toss pasta in olive oil and mushroom mixture. Add tomatoes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. If available, garnishing with freshly grated parmesan cheese is delicious! You can also garnish with chopped italian parsley or oregano.
  6. We serve this with a side of whatever is growing fresh in the gardens! A small, leafy green salad works well.


Monday, September 3rd, 2007 by The Bosque

During the rainy season the forest floor is spotted with a variety of mushrooms - some edible, some not. We have begun to identify the different types. To date, this is the list of the different mushrooms we have identified:

  • Helvella crispa (oreja de ratón blanca)
  • Hypomyces lactifluorum (trompa)
  • Agaricus augustus (codorniz)
  • Amanita caesarea (hongo amarillo)
  • Amanita fulva (cucuchikua terekua)
  • Amanita muscaria (azúcar)
  • Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (flor de durazno)
  • Hydnopolyporus palmatus
  • Laccaria laccata (sikitereko)
  • Lactarius indigo
  • Phylloporus rhodoxanthus
  • Russula emetica
  • Hydnum imbricatum
  • Boletus edulis

We harvest coral mushrooms, trompas, and orejas de ratón for eating (pictured below). We have had success drying orejas de ratón using heat from the fire at night. These mushrooms are very tasty! We have plans to build a solar dryer for next season so we can enjoy these mushrooms after the rains have stopped.

Trompas, Orejas de Ratones, corals

We also have begun a project to help neighboring lot owners in Erongarícuaro inoculate their lands with mushroom micillium. We are protecting all mushroom habitats in order to encourage high growth this year and years to come! Using the book Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets, we are investigating the ways in which we can grow mushrooms more effectively.

We do not have any psilocybin mushrooms, and would prefer that visitors do not try to use our attractive yet poisonous amanita muscaria (pictured below) for intoxication - it is very bad for your internal organs!

Amanita muscaria

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