Can anyone help me with some ideas of what I should look for when inoculating Bur Oak acorns?
I would like to start planting acorns that have been collected locally. But I would also like to inoculate with a couple different fungi that are edible. I like to make sure that everything I put into my property has more then one purpose. It would be great to collect mushrooms that I could use for cooking.
What varieties are a good match for Bur Oak in zone 3B?
I don't know specifically for zone 3 but many of the boletes are mycorrhizal and could work with that. I would check with a local or equivalent mushroom organization in zone 3 if you do'nt get a good answer here.
I found a list of species that grow in the province. Only problem is that the names are the common colloquial names. Good place to start though.
So here is the list:
apricot jelly mushroom
bear's head tooth mushroom
chicken of the woods
comb tooth mushroom
fairy ring mushroom
golden chanterelle (aka chanterelle)
hedgehog mushroom hexagonal-pored polypore
indigo milk cap
jelly ear (aka wood ear)
king bolete (aka cepe)
[i]shaggy mane yellow swamp russula
I would really appreciate opinions of what people prefer on this list. I'm already a big fan of Chanterelles, so those would be great to grow. And the King Bolete appears to be a given. I only have experience with thee or four of these though so I need input from others with lots more experience.
Several years ago I was helping a researcher at the University of Minnesota collect mycorrhizal fungi that grew in association with bur oak. He was tracking species distribution and density. He said there were over 200 species that associated with bur oak. He didn't say how many of those were edible, but with that many, there's bound to be a few good choices. Maybe i can try and track him down.
Klorinth: most of the mushrooms on that provincial list are saprophytic, so would not be good choices unless you were inoculating logs and not acorns.
Thank you Fred. So I guess that might mean that almost any of the mycorrhizal fungi that I find locally will be good for the oaks.
I will try to find time to harvest some mushrooms from the stands near here. That way I can be sure of the right stuff. I was just hoping to get an edible one. I may not find any King Bolete. At least it isn't a for sure thing.
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