possibly off topic

Tim Eck teck11@embarqmail.com
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:10:35 PST

I recently came across a book that would probably appeal to most PBS members
although the topic is geophytic only by a stretch of imagination.    "Field
Guide to North American Truffles"

I was surprised that there were north American truffles as they had not
appeared in my mushroom hunting guides of yore.  I was also surprised that,
unlike mushrooms, the (raw) spores are indigestible and they are designed to
be eaten (especially by voles).  The introductory pages says they are mostly
basidiomycetes and ascomycetes that evolved from the above-ground mushrooms
with wind-born spores.  Hence, the appealing aromas that increase as the
spores mature so animals can find them better.

Happy Truffle Hunting!

Tim Eck


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