There are many species of Honey Mushroom in Quebec. The most desirable are those that fructify on or around the stumps, roots and dead trunks of white and yellow birch. Once a colony is implanted, it invades the stumps and trunks of other deciduous and coniferous trees. The Honey Mushroom parasitizes the roots of trees, killing them. It then acts as a wood decay fungi and decomposes the timber. roots and stumps left behind by loggers. The Honey Mushroom grows on or close to the ground, never high up.
Equal to enlarged downward. Whitish towards the apex, brownish towards the base, adorned with a clearly visible ring on the stipe.
Harvesting generally takes place after the first cold periods in autumn, from roots and stumps left behind by loggers. The mushroom develops black mycelial strands a few mm in diameter that travel from one stump to the next, connecting tens of different stumps, which fructify at the same time. The most important part of the flesh is the stem. The mushroom should therefore be picked at the button stage in order to fully enjoy its culinary qualities and the totality of the flesh. It is not recommended for raw consumption; some people experience digestive problems from this mushroom and should avoid eating it.
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