Red Cap Boletus Mushrooms at Race Point in Provincetown?
Yes, insisted the handsome older gentleman with bright blue eyes and a heavy Russian accent. It's the last week in October, right? I'm heading to the dunes of Provincetown now (probably along with all the other Polish and Russian emigrees in Massachusetts) to gather Podosinovik Mushrooms. I parboil them and freeze them, then enjoy them all winter long. I serve the red cap mushrooms with vodka to any guests who come calling. In Russian these mushrooms are called Podosinovik because the white-stemmed mushrooms have round red caps that are the color and shape of the leaves of the Osina Tree (the aspen tree). I'd better hurry or the gatherers will have gathered all there is to gather!
N.B. Days later, Marash Girl was walking along the Bike Trail (the former railroad track) that runs along the Atlantic Ocean in Falmouth, Massachusetts, when she spied the mushroom pictured below.
Could this be the mushroom the fellow from Russia was talking about? Or is it the poisonous variety? This mushroom does not look edible to Marash Girl!