Morels, Truffles and other Spring Mushrooms
by Michael W. Beug Email: email@example.com
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
Cortinarius bigelowii is a one of a confusing host of Cortinarius species that show up in the spring. No Cortinarius species should be considered for the table since one or two members of this genus contain slow-acting compounds that can damage internal organs and lead to sickness or even death but with no symptoms until a week or two after the meal, when the mushroom has long been forgotten as a possible culprit. Cortinarius bigelowii is one of several distinctive species with a persistent cobwebby veil. These species are semi-gastroid and appear to be evolving towards a puffball-like species or a false truffle. They tend to stay under the duff and appear to have lost their ability to spread spores in the wind.