CMS Meeting – November 15, 2017

  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene, Oregon 97405

 MesoAmerican Mycophilia and Mycophagy: A travelogue from the 9th International Workshop on Edible Mycorrhizal Mushrooms.

The ancient Olmec, Mayan and Aztec cultures of central American comprise a major independent origin of human civilization. In a manner that was unique among early civilizations elsewhere in the world, mushrooms played important roles in dietary, symbolic, ritual and religious aspects of daily life. The diversity of tree species and habitats in the high elevation cloud forests of Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and elsewhere in Central America host habitats for a wide diversity of edible and entheogenic mushrooms. Although most of the ancient codices and other glyphic records of mushroom use were destroyed by conquering Spaniards, native communities retain rich traditions of mushroom harvesting and culinary use to this day. Some communities have indigenous names for hundreds of edible mushrooms which they harvest and eat with relish. Join David for a travelogue that provides a glimpse of these rich cultural traditions.

About the Speaker Dave Pilz is a Consultant and Writer through the auspices of his business, PilzWald – Forestry Applications of Mycology. For nine years he conducted research on the Productivity and Sustainable Harvest of Edible Forest Mushrooms at the Pacific Northwest Research Station (USDA-Forest Service) in Corvallis, Oregon. Subsequently, he worked four more years as a Forest Mycologist with Oregon State University. There he published research on the compatible production of commercially-valuable forest fungi in forests managed for timber and other amenities. Contact information and PDF files of most of his publications may be obtained at pilzwald.com.

The talk is free and open to the public. There will be a mushroom identification session prior to the speaker. Bring what’s in your basket, edible or not, and learn from the experienced members of our community.

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