Tasty or Toxic Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest

Tasty or Toxic Mushrooms of the PNW

Presented by the Cascade Mycological Society

  •  When:Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St, Eugene, Oregon 97405

 Tasty or Toxic?

Despite the fear that the word “toxic or poisonous” implies, some wild mushrooms are only toxic depending on the person, how much they consume, what they consume it with, and other factors. Then there is the false sense of safety that “edible” imparts. Some wild mushrooms are poisonous if eaten raw, but are quiet edible when cooked. There are also people who develop allergies even after eating a particular mushroom for years. Sometimes it isn’t clear what’s poisonous and what isn’t.

This presentation is a comparison of look-alike mushrooms where one is more likely to be toxic and the other one is considered edible or can be made edible for most people. See if you can tell the difference.

About the Speaker:

Lacey WA picDr. Weintraub, ND, has been in private medical practice as a naturopathic physician since 1989 in Eugene. She is a published author writing seven health-oriented books and booklets, as well as contributing to other publications. Dr. Weintraub has been a frequent guest on radio programs exploring natural health issues and traveled nationwide speaking on these topics. She has been a consultant for health-oriented supplement companies regarding the development and formulations of their products. She specializes in the treatment of allergies and digestive disorders, especially the overgrowth of bacteria and parasites in the digestive tract.

Dr. Weintraub became interested in the study of wild mushrooms while taking classes from Freeman Rowe at the local community college in 1981. She is a past president of Cascade Mycological Society (CMS) in Eugene where she served on their Board of Directors for many years. She has given presentations to several mushroom clubs including Sonoma County Mycological Association in Northern California (SOMA), as well as the Bend, OR, library system. Recently she was a speaker at the PNW Mushroom Fest in Lacey, WA. Eating, photographing, researching wild mushrooms continues to be a passion. See her new website at www.wildmushroomspnw.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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