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Sunday, August 01, 2010

ESL Student Blog: Mushroom Picking - Popular Summer Pastime

From white button and portobello to crimini and chanterelle, and from specialty mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, enoki) to highly-prized porcini to gourmet truffles - many mushroom varieties are now available for ‘picking’ in our supermarkets.
Which ones are sold in your part of the world? But do/did you also enjoy picking mushrooms in the wild?
Mushroom picking (or hunting) is a time-honored tradition in many cultures. The ability to identify, collect and prepare mushrooms is often passed down through generations. For some families it’s even a sport - who can find the tastiest mushrooms faster? Are you a mushroom enthusiast?

Answer the questions below. Pay attention to the bolded word combinations:

Is eating mushrooms gathered in the wild risky? Can you separate edible from poisonous mushrooms?

Are you/your family members knowledgeable in  mushroom identification? Can you recognize death cap and toadstool mushrooms (which are poisonous)?

Do you know good mushroom picking spots?

Are any of the mushrooms species considered a delicacy in your culture? Which ones have medicinal properties? Is there a mushroom that is considered a symbol of longevity in your culture?

What are the ideal conditions for growing mushrooms: dark, humid and damp, or the opposite?

What’s your favorite way of eating mushrooms: boiled, fried, marinated or stir-fried?

Do you preserve mushrooms for winter storage?
More word combinations we usually use to describe mushrooms:

deadly/poisonous/toxic/edible/inedible mushrooms
rich/smoky/meaty/eathy flavor
a clump/cluster/patch of mushrooms
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:14 PM
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