OT - Japanese mushrooms

Judy Glattstein jglatt@ptd.net
Fri, 20 Aug 2004 13:23:23 PDT
One September I was a student attending an intensive seminar on Japanese
garden art in Kyoto. Dinner was not included in our tuition, so I ate lots
of udon in broth with perhaps one tempura shrimp and several tempura green
beans as garnish. I remember going through the markets in awe at the
beautiful, extremely expensive produce - the first chestnuts, presented in
their husks, and wonderful matsutake mushrooms, much too expensive for a
student to buy.

Here on Creek Road we found a "mother load" of black chanterelles last
Wednesday. Dinner at my neighbors was pasta with an Alfredo sauce and three
kinds of chanterelles (golden, black, and tiny red ones) and oyster
mushrooms. Not quite up to five, but all wild gathered. Let the rains

And in the garden at night the katydids shrill "katy did, katy did, katy
didn't". I await colchicums to emerge and flower as another indication that
summer is on the wane.

regards from Judy in humid New Jersey where summer is adorned with big
hybrid gladiolus adding lime green and luscious red flowers to a landscape
intensely perfumed by Polianthes tuberosa. Tigridia 'Aurea' opens a couple
of flowers each day. And Acidanthera murielae adds its attractive display to
a planting of purple-leafed canna and Plectranthus argentatus.

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