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Basket of wild mushrooms in NEO
Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 08/02/2009 - 13:36.
Today there have been a series of Russia connections in my morning. In the NEW YORKER over coffee I read a story about a fellow who took a road trip through Siberia. The traveler/writer, Ian Frazier, commented that in Siberia the term for forest food products is podnozhnii korm, literally meaning "food found underfoot". (NB I couldn't raise a defition of podnozhnii korm with Google, but I did find the web site "foodunderfoot.com which reports on eating wild things like bbq prickly pears and sumac tea)
When I was going by a park about an hour ago I saw a man with a basket walking around and bending down picking mushrooms out of the lawn and leaves.
Very cool - podnozhnii korm right here in NEO.
I ambled over to talk with the fellow - thinking two thoughts: 1. he would be reluctant to let me know about the mushrooms he was collecting - and 2. he would have a different cultural background than me.
I was wrong about No 1, and right about No 2.
Alex, the mushroom gatherer, was from Russia and knew mushrooms. I caught some video which I will upload later.