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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 19, 2011
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The wild truth about mushrooms
Hardy: Wild mushrooms grow almost anywhere.
Photo: KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON
By KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON
SO YOU ATE A FUNGUS
Although unlikely, mushroom poisoning can be
serious. Poisons.co.nz has this advice about
fungus poisoning: call the National Poisons
Centre on 0800 POISON (0800 764766)
Take the person to a medical centre or hospital
for activated charcoal -- this binds the poison in
the stomach and stops it being absorbed.
It is best if the person receives this within an
hour of ingestion.
Take a sample of the mushroom and
refrigerate it. If possible, also take close-up
photographs of the mushroom from all angles.
After people have been seen by a doctor and
sent home, they need to be monitored for a
week. If they become unwell, take them and the
mushroom back to the doctor.
The doctor will call the poisons centre and the
mushroom may be identified by a mushroom
expert to help find the right antidote.
Beloved by fairies and hobgoblins, delicious in
stews and salads and stigmatised as poisonous,
mushrooms are the real fun guys of the plant
Puns aside, you may have noticed more fungus
and red-capped mushies popping up under trees,
on roadside verges or at the bottom of your garden
That's because it's mushroom season and our
damp summer -- and even damper start to autumn
-- created the perfect growing conditions for the
more than 3000 varieties of mushrooms and fungi
that thrive in the region.
The national poisons centre annual report said
unidentified mushrooms were the most common
plant inquiry they received from the public in
However, Mushrooms and Other Fungi of New
Zealand author Geoff Ridley said fruit of fungi --
what we call mushrooms -- are nothing to worry
about as long as you don't eat them.
There's a lot of little brown mushrooms out
there . . . a lot of them will be hallucinogenic, some
will be poisonous and some will be nothing,'' he
The best thing to do is teach kids not to put
things in their mouths.''
With many of the varieties there is no way to
tell which is which without looking at the spores
-- the seeds'' they release from under the caps --
under a microscope.
Just steer clear of the little brown ones,'' Mr
He said he had never heard of dogs or children
being poisoned by wild mushrooms, because they
naturally avoided them.
You get a few poisonings each year, but it tends
to be adults who want to experiment with what
they eat ...Wehave an innate fear of mushrooms.
We don't want to eat them. We'll buy them from
the supermarket, but we don't want to eat [wild
They can be alluring, though. Mr Ridley
recently led a central city fungal foray in the Wil-
ton bush to look for the natives like the bright
blue entolma, which he calls the holy grail'' for
fungi spotters. They all want to see that one.''
However, he said his favourites were the classic
red-capped mushrooms, fly agaric.
You know it's fungus season when you see
them start to pop up.''
For information on which mushrooms to avoid,
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