Are the stems useful at all?

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Are the stems useful at all?

Post by sb_stefan » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:25 pm

I'm not sure whether to dry the stems along with the caps, or to simply throw them away. Any advice?

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Re: Are the stems useful at all?

Post by tgt1002 » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:29 pm

Stems only contain trace amounts of actives I wouldn't bother keeping. You need them for ID purposes but once you are done with that you can toss em
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Re: Are the stems useful at all?

Post by sb_stefan » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:56 pm

tgt1002 wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:29 pm
Stems only contain trace amounts of actives I wouldn't bother keeping. You need them for ID purposes but once you are done with that you can toss em
Ok, thank you. I saw a video from Amanita Dreamer where she was drying them along with the caps and I didn't really get why.

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Post by tgt1002 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:35 am

I didn't see that, but no harm in drying em just no benefit to consuming them
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Re: Are the stems useful at all?

Post by Mcpato » Fri Oct 02, 2020 12:36 pm

If you are at all interested in fleece cultivation, the stems can be used as a source. As long as you dont dry them too hot (the cooler the better!), the fleece will grow out of them.
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Re: Are the stems useful at all?

Post by Donn » Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:41 am

The fly agarics in this fall's crop are so huge that I haven't been bothering to dry the stems. So having some left laying around, I fried one up in some olive oil, and of course ate it. A stout stem, maybe 6 inches long. It turns out that they're at least mildly psychoactive. Kind of tasty, too - I might cut down on the seasoning a bit next time.
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Re: Are the stems useful at all?

Post by amanitadreamer » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:51 pm

sb_stefan wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:56 pm
tgt1002 wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:29 pm
Stems only contain trace amounts of actives I wouldn't bother keeping. You need them for ID purposes but once you are done with that you can toss em
Ok, thank you. I saw a video from Amanita Dreamer where she was drying them along with the caps and I didn't really get why.
That was last year's harvest and I intended on doing some research on them. But turns out there's not much in them to bother with. i will keep looking but so far doesn't look like it. I wound up tossing them. This year I used them in my slurry.
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