Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Purple Mushroom

My partner was walking in the same glade where I took the previous mushroom photos (in the last post but one), and noticed this little beauty poking through the undergrowth. The image has not been treated in any way: it really is that colour! Imagine the appearance of a soup made from those (assuming, of course, that they are not bowel-shatteringly poisonous...) (I am aware that there is an extreme rude meaning to the phrase 'purple mushroom', but I'll not go into it here.)

6 comments:

stancarey said...

What a beauty! And very unusual. It looks like a sugary snack, but I wouldn't chance a nibble. I don't know what kind of mushroom it is, but a search returns the names Russula mariae and Viscid Violet Cort. Ireland has many indigenous Russulas (according to my guide book), but I don't know about the latter.

A Doubtful Egg said...

I wouldn't chance a nibble of something that colour myself, without a seasoned wild-mushroom eater to hand. In a quote I love, John Cage (a veteran mycologist who was poisoned on several occasions) once said (and I'm paraphrasing, as I don't have the book to hand): "The dangers of tiger hunting are mostly imaginary; the dangers of mushroom hunting are mostly real."

jams o donnell said...

Yikes, doesn't that colour say "chocked full of psychedelic drugs" to you!

A Doubtful Egg said...

Definitely! Put on a Grateful Dead LP while consuming...

Claude said...

Wow! First Prize for originality! I read that it's called: Amethyst Deceiver. And it's supposedly good to eat. But, please, don't try. Unless you buy it at the market. I've never seen it anywhere until this photo.

Your excellent photos, on the previous post, reminded me that I'm a great fan of mushrooms. They're so deliciously appealing in their natural habitat. I could have them at every meal. Raw or cooked, it's always a special treat. But, in the wild, I would just enjoy looking, not touching. Unlike me, John Cage was a great adventurer in everything. I play it safe...At the piano, and in the kitchen!

A Doubtful Egg said...

Amethyst Deceiver? Great name..
I love the idea of foraging for wild mushrooms, but seeing as certain ones can actually kill you I think that, like you, I'll stick to getting them from the market! As a cautionary example, there were red mushrooms near the purple ones which look like Russula emetica, which is also colourfully known as the sickener!