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Where to look for dung beetroot and what to eat with

Where to look for dung beetroot and what to eat with


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The mushroom common enough in Russia, dung beetroot, or coprinus (from Latin Coprinus), from the family Champignonaceae (Agaricaceae) grows on fertile substrates that are rich in nutrients, including manure, humus, humus, rotting wood and plant debris.

A significant part of the species is inedible. However, there are also edible dung bears worthy of attention of mushroom pickers, among which gray and white are of particular interest.

White dung beetle

Well known white dung mushroom (Coprinus comatus) has a hat with a diameter of up to 9.5 cm. Its shape in young specimens is elongated and egg-shaped, with time it becomes narrow-bell-shaped. The surface color of the cap can be white, grayish or brownish. A feature is the presence on the apical part of a fairly wide brownish tubercle-ledge. The surface of the cap is densely covered with fibrous scales.

White and quite soft pulp of the mushroom does not have a pronounced taste and aroma. The plates are free and wide type, very often located. Their staining at a young age is pronounced white. In older specimens, the plates turn pink. Blackening of the cap is characteristic with the release of numerous spores at the stage of overgrowth of the fungus.

The leg is located in the central part. Its height can vary between 10-35 cm, the average diameter is 1-2 cm. The peculiarity is the cylindrical shape, the presence of a cavity inside and a white surface with a clearly visible silky sheen. A pronounced bulbous thickening and a delicate, filmy-type ring of white color may also be observed.

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Features of white dung beetle

Dung beetle

Ordinary, or dung beetle (Coprinopsis atramentaria) is popularly called the dung beetle, an ink or ink fungus gray.

A distinctive feature of this species is the presence of a gray or gray-brownish hat with darkening in the central part. The diameter of the cap of an adult mushroom does not exceed 10.5 cm. Young mushrooms have an egg-shaped cap, which with age acquires a wide bell-shaped shape with strongly cracking edges. The surface part is characterized by the presence of small, dark staining of the scales.

Thin light flesh darkens quickly enough and has a sweet taste with a complete absence of mushroom aroma. The lower part of the cap is represented by wide, often white plates, which gradually darken and undergo autolysis with the release of black spore powder into the external environment.

Where and when to pick mushrooms

In moderate climatic conditions, the main season for collecting edible dung beetles falls on the period from May to the first decade of October. Both varieties grow in areas represented by loose soils rich in organic matter. Often large groups of dung beetles can be found on pasture territory, as well as in forest park areas and even in personal plots.

Beneficial features

Reviews about the nutritional and taste qualities of these conditionally edible mushrooms are very mixed. Only young specimens that do not have darkened plates are subject to eating.

It should be remembered that dishes from dung beetles are incompatible with alcoholic beverages and can cause quite severe poisoning. This feature made it possible to use the mushroom as a folk remedy for getting rid of alcoholism. Coprinus has found widespread use as a very powerful natural remedy for combating alcoholism.

It is quite simple to prepare an anti-alcohol remedy yourself:

  • the peeled and washed mushroom pulp should be finely chopped, and then placed in a large and shallow pan;
  • on low heat, mushrooms should be fried, constantly stirring, until the water evaporates completely;
  • the resulting fried mushroom mass must be dried very well, and then grind to a powder state with a coffee grinder.

The resulting mushroom powder is very well stored. It should be added to food or drink to persons prone to uncontrolled excessive drinking. After such a meal, the following can be observed symptoms that after a while pass on their own and do not require medical intervention:

  • redness or redness of the face;
  • the appearance of bright purple spots on most of the body;
  • blanching of the tip of the nose and earlobes;
  • palpitations and heart rate;
  • the appearance of intense heat;
  • the emergence of feelings of anxiety and fear;
  • nausea and vomiting;
  • impaired vision and speech.

It is recommended to add mushroom powder to food or drink at the rate of 2-3 g per day. The tool should be used once every two days for ten days, and then take a two-week break.

For non-drinkers, dung beetles are absolutely harmless, and discomfort during their use does not arise.





Cooking use

Dung beetles can be eaten only after preliminary cleaning from vegetable debris and obligatory boiling. Mushrooms of this species are eaten both boiled and fried, and they are also suitable for pickling. It is important to remember that it is necessary to recycle the collected mushrooms for a couple of hours, otherwise a natural autolysis reaction may occur, which is typical even for frozen mushrooms.

Mushrooms dung beetles: characteristic

In our country, dung beetles were very unpopular for a very long time and were considered "grebes", but in European countries such as the Czech Republic, Finland and France, this variety of mushrooms is very highly valued, and dishes from dung bears are considered a delicacy and are in constant demand.



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