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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