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The Mushroom Man of Boston, MA
August 18, 2011 2:15 PM   Subscribe

Ben Maleson, a second-generation mycoforager, plays the trumpet mushroom.
posted by overeducated_alligator (15 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
I hate to say it, but it sounds more like a kazoo (though I understand Kazoo of Death doesn't have the same feeling as Trumpet of Death).
posted by filthy light thief at 2:32 PM on August 18, 2011


Cool back-story! I always wanted to learn to forage mushrooms, but little chance of that here in the desert. :(
posted by darkstar at 2:35 PM on August 18, 2011


I had no idea morels emit a neurotoxic gas. Mother Nature is pretty crazy.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:48 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


darkstar: Cool back-story! I always wanted to learn to forage mushrooms, but little chance of that here in the desert. :(

Depends on the specific desert... at least the Sonora desert has some mushrooms growing in it.

Back when I was a kid growing up in Germany we go into the woods on weekends to gather mushrooms. I remember my mom teaching me about how to identify the poisonous and/or stinky ones.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 2:54 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


There are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters. But there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.
posted by Toekneesan at 3:02 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Add another to my list of people I'd love to sit down and chat with for a few hours.
posted by gilrain at 3:22 PM on August 18, 2011


I want to see him team up with the nose-flute orchestra.
posted by cmyk at 4:31 PM on August 18, 2011


Supporting himself doing what he loves. Rock on, brother Maleson. You have my envy and respect.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:59 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


"There are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters. But there are no old, bold mushroom hunters"

I've known Ben for a long time, and I assure you he is both.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 6:24 PM on August 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Someone needs to introduce this guy to Vaclav Halek.
posted by homunculus at 8:00 PM on August 18, 2011


In other mycology news: Why do Mexicans love a fungus that ruins corn?
posted by homunculus at 8:01 PM on August 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


That huitlacoche fungus, like the honey badger, is nasty and don't care.
posted by darkstar at 8:22 PM on August 18, 2011


I had no idea morels emit a neurotoxic gas.

Well, usually they have the morality core installed properly.
posted by maryr at 10:16 PM on August 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Huitlacoche is delicious.
posted by brand-gnu at 6:56 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


At this very moment, I have about three pounds each of lobster mushrooms and chanterelles in my refrigerator. I have chanterelles on toast for lunch, lobster mushrooms in my eggs for breakfast, and last night I made a big pot of vegan "seafood" chowder with lobster mushrooms.

After years of learning, I'm finally finding enough to seriously fantasize about making money selling some to the fancy restaurants around town.

It's funny though... mushroom hunting makes you obsessive. The chanterelles are getting old now hereabouts, and I'm still having hard time not keeping my eyes on the ground, looking for that telltale golden glow. Once you learn to spot them, you can see them from a distance where others kind of look at you like you've got superpowers.
posted by RedEmma at 10:28 AM on August 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


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