Japanese Food
Yesterday (Sep. 28), I went mushroom hunting alone for the first time in the season, as requested by my son, who was unable to accompany me because he had to prepare for university entrance exams.
First, near the root of this big buna (beech) tree,

I found these puffballs, hokoritake in Japanese.
Hokori = Dust
-take = Suffix meaning mushroom

To be more precise, they are called tanuki no cha-bukuro (Lycoperdon pyriforme) because they grow on a tree.
Tanuki = Japanese raccoon
No = ‘s
Cha = Brown
Bukuro < Fukuro = Bag
A similar variety that grows from soil is called kitsune no cha-bukuro (Lycoperdon perlatum).
Kitsune = Fox

I also found some kind of houkitake (Clavaria),
Houki = Broom


even my son was unable to identify the exact name.

I also found this mysterious mushroom on a tree.

Luckily, I found some honey mushrooms.

As I said several times in my blog, this mushroom is called naratake in Japanese, but
Nara = Oak
it’s called amandare here in the Uonuma region of Niigata. It has some other local names, like kuzure and boribori.

But, yesterday’s highlight was definitely these beautiful mushrooms.

When I first saw them, I thought they were a kind of mukitake (Sarcomixa serotina), but I wasn’t sure. Anyway, I picked them all.

As soon as I returned home before noon, I reported to my son that I had found something that looked like mukitake. As soon as he looked at them, he said, “They are tsukiyotake (Omphalotus guepiniformis)”. He chided me for being such an amateur…
It is said that tsukiyotake is responsible for a majority of food poisoning cases caused by mushrooms in Japan.
As its name suggests,
Tsukiyo = Moonlit night
this mushroom (underside of the cap) glows faintly in the dark. (I tried to take a photo, but in vain.)
Anyway, my son identified all edible mushrooms. I simply boiled them all for less than two minutes, except the puffballs, which I skewered and grilled in the toaster oven. The boiled mushrooms were put in miso soup, and the grilled puffballs were eaten with lemon juice and soy sauce.

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