by Michael W. Beug Email: beugm@evergreen.edu
The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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Slide 17.
Verpa bohemica, also known as Phytoverpa bohemica and Morchella bispora, is one of the first mushrooms of the spring coming into fruiting in damp areas as the cottonwood leaves reach the size of mouse-ears. While it is a very popular edible, it should never be consumed raw. As with many mushrooms, over-indulgence can cause problems. A large meal can result in mild gastrointestinal symptoms including a bloated feeling, diarrhea and sometimes a drunk-like lack of coordination that may last for several hours. Illness, especially severe headache, can occur from inhaling cooking vapors.
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