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49 Mushroom Mutants

Mushroom Mutants

Posted on September 27, 2007 by


strange looking Russian mushrooms 1

Strange looking mushrooms can be found in the numerous forests of Russia. Is this somehow related with Chernobyl?

strange looking Russian mushrooms 2

strange looking Russian mushrooms 3


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49 Responses to “Mushroom Mutants”

  1. J. Goose says:

    That last mushroom needs a seriuos dose of Viagra.

    I can’t beleive the size of the one in pics 2 to 5. Incredible…but are they edible? Or do you glow in the dark after eatin these “Chernobyl Specials”?

    • lithuanian says:

      Porcini mushrooms are one of the best mushrooms in the world.

      • J .Goose says:

        They are Porcini? (tho I imagine they are called something else in Russia and the Baltics) If so, that is a wonderful….gigantorific Porcini…yum…you could stuff and roast that thing like a turkey. Oh the flavouricious possibilities.

        • lithuanian says:

          Yes. Thats really big porcini mushroom (scientific name Boletus Edulis). It looks clean without little maggots. Very nice specimen.

        • Boris Abramov says:

          I think they are called “podberezoviki” in russian, which basically means “under a birch tree”. They are not “Porcini”, but are similar. Porcini are called “Beliy Grib” or “White Mushroom”.

          • lithuanian says:

            All of the mushrooms in all photos are of the Boletus genus. What you call “podberezoviki” are Birch bolete. They have red top and if you cut them that area turn black or blue very fast. Porcini or boletus edulis or belij grib will never discolor it will stay white even after you boil it, dry it or fry it. That is the reason why Russians call it white mushroom. Look at fifth photo. It has been cut in half and it has slight tinge of red in it’s meat. Not because it’s discolored – it’s natural because it’s so old. In the very first photo you see bunch of Birch boletes and one normal size porcini mushroom on the very left. The very big mushroom is definitely a porcini mushroom. It is old and might not be good for consumption. Nevertheless it is quite rare to see such big and nice porcini mushroom.

            • Boris Abramov says:

              Yes, you are correct. The big mushrooms are boletus edulis. There quite a few of them in UK this time of year. I normally go to the nearest woods on sundays and get at least three of four and at least a dozen of “Birch Bolete”. Its also quite handy that Brits are not great lovers of wild mushrooms ;)

              Do you normally gather or buy mushrooms?

              • lithuanian says:

                I go mushroom hunting. It’s a lot of fun. I remember watching Hells Kitchen with Marco Pierre White. He used fresh and very very nice porcini mushrooms. I’ve never been to UK, but i’m guessing porcini must be quite expensive.

                • Boris Abramov says:

                  In the supermarkets they are extremely expensive about £5.00 for 100g of dried porcini. You could get a good deal on fresh porcini in some farmers markets, but they are hard to come by and you must really know how to haggle.

                  I actually prefer to the whole experience of hunting for fungi, even more then actually eating them. I get tremendous amount of satisfaction finding mushrooms. I guess its the notion of self sufficiency and general excitement of finding a fine specimen. From September to the end of November, I just have to spend my sunday mornings in the woods :)

            • Boris Abramov says:

              Also, the one in the second picture, looks more like a giant “Maslenok” or “Suillus grevillei” because of the slippery cap. So its difficult to tell..

    • lynne says:

      I hear theres a new kind of viagra…Coxafloppin.

  2. Mikko says:

    Damn that first one is huge, no comments on the second one

  3. I am says:

    Great dope

  4. Texas1 says:

    Do they provide a psychedelic effect?

    • Darek from Poland says:

      No, these are a tastefull mushrooms and without any psychodelic effect.
      Aren’t there such mushrooms in north US-states ?

      It’s popular and rather noble kinds of mushrooms in continental Europe (as I know rather except British/Irish or Islandia islands) and probably in all heater parts of Siberia.
      The smaller ones (kozak in Polish ) are little more noble kind as the big one (podgrzybek).

  5. gis says:

    I don’t think the giant mushroom photo was taken in Russia.
    The plastic bag in the 3rd photo comes from a supermarket in Italy.
    As you can see there is written on “Sa cosa …”.
    Then full motto is “Sa cosa voglio”, translated as “Knows what I want”.

    http://www.ingdirect.it/sp/02_mondoarancio/01_partner/sp_2_1_imgbox8.gif

  6. renton says:

    The taste is great. We call it “prawdziwki” in poland and those are one of the favorite in central europe (and it is easy to pick them in germany because most of people thinks that if something is not on the shelf you can’t eat it)

    I don’t know the name of the last one but for sure there is a “shame” word inside ;)

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  8. Wout says:

    Or he was on this page already, a minute before he posted.

  9. the guy with stone knuckles says:

    Good for you. Stick with it, don’t spread you STDs on our women.

  10. Boris Abramov says:

    Yes but, this size?

  11. Dr. Vet says:

    not funny. too repetitious. if you are stealing nick at least tell some fresh jokes.

  12. COOL IDEA MAKER says:

    That fake pics from UK, that’s the UK mutant mushrooms on photos behind the russian water “Saint Springs”.

  13. faye says:

    I thought the general rule of thumb was not to eat mushrooms found in the wild cause they’re poisonous…

  14. repsac says:

    I bet that first would be great with a steak as its garnish.

  15. haha says:

    The Musroom Hunting is very common in Russia (and Poland too), especially in (summer),autumn. In Poland u can search many kind of mushrooms for example boletus edulis its most popular.

    100g dried boletus edulis – 50pln it’s 10 pounds.

    1kg’s fresh boletus ~~ – 20/30 pln.

    (Kruszyniany, small village near Belarus border is the best for huntings mushrooms XD)

  16. cybersynaptics says:

    Looks normal to me, just that one is extra large. Where I come from all of our indigenous mushrooms contain psilocybin so I hunt for them a good portion of the year.

  17. Stout Viking says:

    They seem normal to me. As a matter of fact, I recall mushroom gathering with my family when I was 5 or 6, and we found some mushrooms sizing 15-25cm in diameter. I was kinda bummed for such huge mushrooms filled the buckets too fast and got the fun out of the whole hunting/gathering process and it meant I had to go home earlier than expected… :(

    No, nothing to do with Chernobyl. I found mine in South Western Siberia. Mushrooms can reach unusually large sizes. It’s rare but not impossible.

  18. tarcktrack says:

    It’s not mutants. It’s normal mushrums. Once in while some of them grow to such a huge monsters but thats realy not an effect of Chernobyl.

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