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Problem: Mycological Association walk Sunday

From: Hugh
Sent on: Saturday, May 18, 2013 5:36 PM

I alerted Jessica at the Mycological Association of Greater Philadelphia Meet-Up but she might not get the message in time so as a favor to anyone planning on going, I'm giving a heads up.

Problems; the map that is posted on the Meet-up site is wrong, it's directing people to the Lawrence Park Shopping Center, which is not even close, although come to think of it the supermarket might be the best place to find mushrooms at this point. Katie and I spent two hours in the woods at Merry Place and downstream along Darby Creek and I found no mushrooms except for a dried-up shelf mushroom. But there is plenty to forage there. And maybe you'll find a mushroom I didn't. In the past I have mostly found mushrooms on the other side of the creek, in the beech woods.

If you want to go, go to the Manoa Shopping Center on Rt 3 (West Chester Pike) in Havertown, 19083. The stoplight on Rt 3 in front of the shopping center is where Glendale road starts. Go down Glendale 1 mile and the Park is on the right. The trail is to the right, newly-paved (Boo!). Unless you are in a wheel-chair in which case (Yay!).

I did find masses of Common Nettle just starting to go to flower, so now is the last chance to harvest it. The nettle in the shade isn't quite flowering yet, pick that stuff. To pick nettle bring gloves, scissors and a big bag. I made some Swedish nettle soup last week, yum. It also dries very nicely for a winter cup of tea or something. Nettle is supposed to be great for allergies, amongst other things. Not sure if it's nettle? Really? Stick your hand in. I also found jewelweed - apply for nettle sting, plantains - also good for nettle sting, milkweed, dogbane - looks like milkweed, but more slender leaves; not edible but great for cordage, use last year's desiccated stems), dead nettle - mostly dead, cleavers, garlic mustard, yellow mustard, ticks, poison ivy, clear-weed - looks like wood nettle except has a semi-translucent juicy stem, burdock, curly dock, yellow dock, Spring Beauty - white 5 petal flower with edible small starchy bulbs, Japanese knotweed (too late to eat), mayapple (no fruit yet),  Lesser Celandine (too late to eat), wild roses, various apple and cherry trees in blossom - often supposedly associated with morels, grape vines, spicebush, poke, wild hops, phragmites, chickweed, ground ivy, canadian thistle, Wood Nettle (like common nettle except broader leaf), False Nettle - no sting, good to eat, Mulberry (almost ready), devils walking stick - cook the tender young tops toss 'em in a blender for soup, ginger (it was way downstream), jack-in-the-pulpet - just say "oh what a nice flower" and move on, Other Stuff, and last but not least, skunk cabbage. Okay, skunk cabbage is actually the least.

I will not be at this meet Up. I'm going out to see Sharon Katz and the Peace Train (South African band, music great for dancing) in Elkins Park tonight, and I plan to be too tired to get up early tomorrow.

Meet-Up maps suck.

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