What a surprise, this morning taking a break from doing dishes, I looked out the window and could see these Flammulina Velutipes or, Velvet Feet, growing on an old maple log in one of our gardens. I am an amateur mycologist so I get excited over any mushroom, especially in March! There is still some snow on the ground and there is already living mushrooms to be found. I have seen Velvet Feet early in the season, but this might be a new record for them in my yard. Velvet Feet are very hardy mushrooms, one of the first to show up in the spring, and one of the last to die in the fall. Velvet Feet are considered edible and are supposedly sought after in Japan. As a warning never eat a mushroom that you are not familiar with. Check and double-check, ask an expert, contact your local extension service, and join a mycology society. There will be many more posts about mushrooms coming up. We will talk about ways of identifying mushrooms, including visual characteristics, odors, and most importantly, spore prints.
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