Author: Jonathon at Selby Shrooms

Agaricus of the Dandenongs DNA project results

For some time the majority of our profits have been directed towards DNA extraction and phylogenetic examination of our native or at least locally growing Agaricus here in the Dandenongs. Many of the results have been surprising. Some species identified by mycologists as being a native species, turned out via DNA to be synonymous with foreign species. The results matching collection specimens with phylogenetic results via BLAST have been posted...

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Chanterelles from Northern NSW

While Victoria is experiencing some amazingly dry conditions for this time of year – with trees including Eucalypts dying from lack of rain even now in April – up in Northern NSW our good friend the ‘Chant Whisperer’ Martin Martini has been busting the whole chant concept right open with clumping chants, white chants, brown chants and smooth chants. Someone once emphatically told me we had about six species of chant in Australia – I think Martin has found that many in two weeks! Even Jsun had never seen some of these ones before! Here are some of the...

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More successful Far North Queensland Chanterelle finds

Thanks to a new friend up in Far North Queensland we were happy to hear of a large FNQ chanterelle find up that way. Apparently there were thousands below what appeared to be a very large Idiospermum tree although this identification is still being confirmed. Similar to our previous find these are fairly large yellow ‘smooth’ chanterelles with fairly thin cap margins, and smooth rather than thick, distinct pseudogills/veins. Hopefully this time we will successfully obtain a viable specimen for DNA purposes. As an update – we’ve had some issues with our website and as a consequence only recently...

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Agaricus subrutilescens – a new addition to Australian Agaricus

A large Agaricus we have in the past incorrectly described as Agaricus austrovinaceus, DNA results came back confirming it as Agaricus subrutilescens – a species that as far as we are aware has never been officially recorded in Australia before. The phenotype we find in the southern Dandenongs is a large, scaled cap with brownish to purplish colouring, white to grey gills that turn chocolate brown with age, a thick stipe that can be spindle shaped, meaty and often worm-ridden. The largest specimen here was 19cms in diameter so quite large. Growing under Pinus radiate and native Messmate...

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Monster of suburbia – massive Pleurotus australis find (cloned)

Driving through a random street in the suburbs in the foothills of the Dandenongs and we spotted a monster! What a massive and amazing creature! Two massive fruitbodies of a Pleurotus species growing on a stump. The size of the stems were more like king oysters than other types of oysters. Not only did it smell aniseedy like a wild oyster should, but the stems almost smelled nutty like a birch bolete. The feature that caught our eye with the most interest beyond the size of these monsters was the criss-crossed gills on the stipe – a feature used...

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Beef steak fungus – Fistulina hepatica

During our foraging hikes recently we happened upon a beafsteak fungus growing off a very healthy looking Messmate Eucalypt. I was very excited as I had been looking for this bracket fungus for several years. Its smell was quite unusual and because of its clear identifying features and the lack of dangerous lookalikes I was confident about cooking and eating this fungus. Slicing the fungus you could clearly see why it was described as appearing similar to a steak of beef – it looked and felt incredibly similar, even mildly bleeding a red resin. I cooked this in sesame...

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wild picked Porcini available

Forget the rest; go with the best. DNA confirmed Boletus edulis / Cep / Porcini from the Adelaide hills now available. We personally had samples of these extracted and sequenced and they came up as 100% consistent with Boletus edulis via the Genebank. And few mushrooms are more prized than porcini! Check our products page while still available. Our price $80 per kilo direct from...

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Jonas finds the Black Trumpet

Not that long ago Jonas Bellchambers found a bracket fungi that looked a lot like Chicken of the Woods somewhere in NSW. Now Jonas has done it again – this time finding the holy grail of mushroom hunting in Australia – the black trumpet (Craterellus cornucopioides or an Australian native relative). During my time in the United States I was able to try these over there and these are premium quality mushrooms with amazing flavour and complexity so I have put a lot of time into finding them here without success. Whether our local species / phenotype lives up...

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February King Stropharia mayhem!!

We got a great tip from our friend Claire about a large stand of King Stropharia fruiting on the plateau behind the Dandenongs on mass. Upon arriving at the location the size (both in terms of amount and in terms of size of some of these mushrooms) literally blew our minds! King Stropharia fruiting wild/feral in the Victorian summer like you wouldn’t believe. And some sensational tasting specimens! We’ve cloned a few of these beautiful mushrooms and it will be interesting to see how Stropharia rugosoannulata gembrookii performs in grow experiments. Dinner was sensational!!...

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