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King of Polish mushrooms

King of Polish mushrooms
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DCR-HC14E, Carl Zeiss
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mushrooms [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-08 16:22
Viewed: 3775
Points: 13
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---> Sorry for such long note but this are only the most important things ;)

Boletus edulis (King Bolete) is, I think, one of the world famous mushrooms, well it is for sure the most famous in Poland.
I think I can say that we have here great number of "amateur mushroom experts" and that is because mushrooms are very popular in my country. The reason of that is quite simple - we always had many forests and many mushrooms in it. So for ages we learned which of them are poison, which are not very good and which are very tasty.
I think about 80% people living in Polish countryside can name many species of fungi or at last they know if it is good to eat or not ( we use in kitchen many kinds of them not only King Bolete).
In autumn Polish forest roads are full of cars - of course everbody is looking for mushrooms ( especially in Sundays - it is one of Polish favourite ways to spend time). I think I can say it is a kind of our national tradition. Mushrooms find their place also in one of our most important holiday - Christmas. On Eve before Christmas we have supper when we eat only dishes made of fish, fruits and mushrooms, but we don't eat red meat then. It's a kind of "ritual food" like turkey on Thanksgiving Day in States.
We like mushrooms and so are many forest animals like for example snails, beetles and mice.

It is always happy moment when you find King Boletes though it is quite easy to find when you know its favourite habitat ( I must say that sometimes I find it in quite strange places, but there are also places where they are almost every time - the thing is you have to know such places)

I must of course write something about name.
So, it has really many names. Two most common are: Borowik Szlachetny (translate as "noble dweller of spruce forest") and Prawdziwek (translate as "real mushroom"). It has its place in our tradition for hundreds years so there are many regional names, but as i know every are quite simmilar - when you heard it is easy to make out what fungi is the subject.

I took this photo in sunny young forest (with birches and oaks).

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Please do not be sorry for writing such a long note it is well written and very informative, just the sort of thing TN is about.
The image is not the sharpest but we can see it clearly enough, and gauge some thing of its size from the leaves in its suroundings.Thank you for sharring it with us.

Its very interesting to here more about this fungi. Its only in resent years that its been introduced to this country and even now has a limited range due to the lack off suitable mycorrhizal partners.

Musial byc bardzo smaczny! Piekny grzybek, ale znowu brak ostrosci... a szkoda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-09 5:40]
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I like your note very much, Monika! I can add that our greatest poet Adam Mickiewicz wrote beautiful verses about mushrooms in his greatest and best known poem 'Pan Tadeusz' :-) I totally agree - Poles love mushrooms and mushrooms are part of our lives in Poland :-) Boletus is ultimate trophy for every mushroom lover :-)

Ah, now we know why Grzegorz likes our mushrooms so much.Your note is very interesting.The picture is a little bright in places and could do with sharpening.
If you don't mind,I may attempt a few adjustments in workshop.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-12 0:30]

Very interesting note! I like this shot and as I am reading this before breakfast, I am now really hungry. The shot has a good composition and sharpness.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Uwielbiam patrzeć na grzyby :-) Przypominają mi rodzinne strony, las i długie spacery. Przypominają o cudownym zapachu jaki unosi sie w lesie i o tym super uczuciu na widok kolejnego znalezionego grzyba.

Dzięki za miłe wspomniania w środku zimy!

Hello Monika,
It's not a choice(surely I said it not for the king), a little bit out of focus and you could take out that branches front of the king. I don't think so, after I wrote this comment, you don't show me your secret places which found choice mushrooms, do you?

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