My Adventures In Mushroom Poisoning!

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure.

I was poisoned. I don’t think I was deliberately poisoned. The mushroom guy at the farmers’ market and I merely failed to communicate…about his poisonous produce. So, perhaps it is more accurate to say that I suffered terribly after consuming a poisonous mushroom. Here’s how it went down…

There is a vendor at my local farmers’ market—who shall remain nameless—who sells foraged mushrooms. Having read about foraged mushrooms on this very blog, and being a city dweller, I was excited by this opportunity to try something unusual. That day’s offerings were honey mushrooms. They were small and adorable and had that sweet little name. It was suggested that “a good way to eat them is to cook them for 10 to 15 minutes on high heat.”

I ate them raw.

After some vomiting, a two-day stomachache, deductive reasoning, and some desperate Googling, I learned that honey mushrooms can upset your stomach when you eat them raw and are often confused for other, more dangerous, mushrooms. This was information I would have liked to have known, oh, two days earlier before I virtuously added chopped raw honey mushrooms to my lunchtime salad.

Just to be safe, I called the Poison Control Center to see if I should check myself into the hospital or not. When assured by an expert that I was fine, I started feeling better.

The good news: I think the Poison Control Center may be the last remaining organization where an actual human answers! The bad news: The woman I spoke to said she stopped eating mushrooms after taking the job.

But not me.

Notes to self for future reference:

• When those folks at the farmers’ market give cooking instructions, it’s probably a good idea to listen.

• When it doubt, Google it…before you eat it.

Even with such a misadventure, I’ll still be frequenting the farmers’ market and buying the freshest organic produce I can get my hands on. I’ll just cook it first!

 

Maya Rodale is the author of numerous historical romance novels. She lives in New York City with a rogue of her own and their dog, Penelope. Find her on FacebookTwitter, or at www.mayarodale.com.

 

 

 


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5 Responses to My Adventures In Mushroom Poisoning!

  1. Hi Maya,
    Well, I’m very happy that you’re okay and survived your brush with near death. Perhaps you can use this in one of your books. I love mushrooms, too and probably would have done the same thing considering the name of the little devils. Now, you need to get some more and cook them as instructed to see just how good they can be sans the poisioning. : )

  2. maria (farm country kitchen) says:

    since I saw you on the first night of your poisoning I would have to add that red blotches all over your face (didn’t want to tell you at the time to make you feel worse) and alleged puking discreetly on the streets of Manhattan were also part of the symptoms.

    XO, Mom

  3. Maya says:

    Thank you, Mom, for sharing embarrassing details when I am trying be ladylike!!! :)

  4. What’s a mother for if not to embarrass her children? Isn’t that right, Maria? LOL!!
    Maya, it gives us a look at the totally normal, down to earth side of a wonderfully imaginative mind. Really Maya, on the streets of Manhattan??!! LOL!
    xoxo

  5. Maya says:

    It has been brought to my attention by a doc at a Poison Center that even “cooking does NOT kill all potential mushroom toxins.” The advice: If you are not CERTAIN what you are buying, don’t.

    Wow! Will do!

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