Participants of Mexican Mushroom Tours sighted 80 different species of mushrooms (hongos) during their late July, 2005 visit to the Oso. According to Technical leader Ricardo Valenzuela, at least one species was new to the country. Specimens were taken to the Mycological Laboratory of the National School of Biological Sciences in Mexico City where extensive microscopic study will be required to fully identify the many species collected. A list of these species has been posted below.
A longer study would certainly identify additional species, the diversity of which changes almost daily during the rainy season. Ranchers and Tarahumara Indians eagerly await the annual rainy season to harvest several species of delicious edible mushrooms. Still, some of them were aghast at some species the group planned on eating. Rancher Reuben Lopez was convinced that eating a bright orange horn mushroom (Lobster) would prove fatal, “not even the animals eat them” he said. Reluctantly, cooks from the Oso prepared all hongos decreed edible by the group who ate them with relish and no ill effects.
Our thanks to Gundi Jeffrey and Eric Portsomouth of Mexican Mushroom tours for bringing this group, they also lead tours to other areas of Mexico. Check out their website at www.mexmush.com.
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