Tuesday, April 13, 2010


MUSHROOM PASSION


Shiitake can be surprisingly erratic when it comes to the eroticism that is their destiny, they'll be tiny for a few dry days, then after an overnight rain they're umbrellas for increasingly larger elves.

All last night there was a heavy rain that is still ongoing, and a glance out the window this morning showed me an elf umbrella expo out there on the stacks of logs and on the ones laid out under the trees by the inner road. With this ongoing downpour I didn't want them to overdose the way they do sometimes, get all quick big and watery, so I donned the old trusty raincoat and went out there with a basket and harvested in the pouring rain.

Not surprisingly, shiitake are slippery when wet, can skitter all over the place if you don't have a grip, plus the escapees always try to hide, stubborn and sly as any natural thing. They'd much rather stay right where they are and pigout on the rain of course, this being their one big shot at fulfillment2Zmax; they do not want to go into some old final basket without having experienced their ecstatic role in the vast and complex process that is mushroom eroticism, with which emotions I sympathize, believe me, I went to Catholic schools, but there are other priorities here, such as imminent human mealtime, human in this specific case being the guy who inoculated these logs years ago, and to whom in his world they therefore "belong."

Perspectives are particularly limited just before lunch, but I do leave some of the mushrooms in place to fruit; whose heart is so cold that it cannot honor passion so manifest?

2 comments:

JPL said...

Just inoculated my first logs!!!!
pretty excited....my favorite apple tree i used to climb growing up fell under the weight of a big snow last month.
cut up a bunch of nice sized logs and inoculated them.....some shiitake, some reshi, some pearl oysters.
hope the apple logs will take.....
now i wait and wait....
it makes me happy to know they are out there getting rained on tonight.

R. Brady said...

Here's hoping some of those major delicious shrooms visit you in good time... be sure to keep the logs damp and shady...