10 December 2012

What mushroom?

Every so often we find a couple of ball-like mushrooms sitting on the grass in front of our house. Each one looks beautifully white, its short stem invisible beneath. Two days after its appearance it begins to turn brownish and deep cracks would soon appear. Finally, it will rot away. 

Its short stem is invisible beneath the fat top

A gentle knock will break the stem beneath, tearing part ath the bottom

Cracking and rotting away

What is this mushroom called?
How do we know whether it is edible or poisonous? 

And Pakcik will continue to ponder "Why does HE create this wonder? There must be a purpose even if we fail to understand."

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Temuk said...

Can we call them "cendawan bola golf"? I was told that mushrooms that rot within one or two days are certainly not meant for human consumption.

nwar said...

It boggles my mind too, so i googled it up and found this in one of the Nature's website:

"Fungi live in symbiosis with 80% of all plants. They keep the plants alive, and the plants keep them alive. The fungus sometimes expands the plant's roots, making it easier for both to get nutrients. Fungi also decompose dead organisms, recycling them into energy. Many animals have learned to eat certain edible fungi."

The beauty in things we take for granted ...

Sir Pök Déng said...

Have you ever seen 'fairy circle' before? I haven't seen any but in television. It's a beautiful mushroom's growth formation.

I once watched an Asian Food Channel's TV programme called 'River Cottage'. The host first broke two feral rabbits' necks then he went to hunting edible mushrooms about the slope of some elevated land at his proud European kampong. He spotted 'fairy ring' and told me a tale behind it. It is said a fairy dance in one perfect circle. The sprinkles from her magical stick touch the ground at which a new mushroom grow. But he left the 'fairy ring' alone, not even picked them up. Then he explored the land more until he found a very huge mushroom the size of a basketball, stood still majestically on the ground like a dome of whatever mosque you think it's cool. He told me that one was edible so he picked it up and brought it back home.

In the kitchen, with a big knife, he cut out the upper part of the dome, probably about 1/4 part of the sphere shaped mushroom. Then he dug out the mushroom, forming a pocket.

He later chopped anything edible in his kitchen, minced the meat of the poor feral rabbits, salts, pepper, whatever herbs and spices, little button mushrooms, the big mushroom's flesh (from the big mushroom) scattered on the table -- all thrown into the pocket.

Then he took the mushroom part from paragraph 3. It served as a lid to close all the ingredients in the mushroom pocket. The host later baked the mushroom in the oven after wrapping it with a big spread of aluminium foil.

Then he ate that mushroom lah... together with his friends, with beers, wines, and mead.

Al-Manar said...


For nothing better we will call it cendawan bola golf. You may be interested see below what Nwar has found out and what our friend Sir Pak Deng has to say.

MamaTim said...

hahahaaa.. Mr Temuk made me laugh and laugh..
Sorry Pakcik, I don't have anything valuable to add here. Just enjoying your post, pictures especially and the post-comments!

Al-Manar said...


Only now babah realises that you have created a blog of yiur own. Congratulations

So mushrooms have not been created for nothing. I do not think many would ever think of this finding, sumbiosis instead of a parasite or just nice to look at.

Al-Manar said...


This is quite a fairy tale which can only be related by an all-rounder like you. I suppose in our part of the world we should top it all up with well fermented 'budu' instead of the alcoholic whatever. And the mushroom bowl is placed on a table with a ring of keropok lekor around it in place of the fairy ring.

Al-Manar said...


Every now and then we should give ourselves a chance to have a good laugh, which is sometimes believed to be a good medicine.

Pak Idrus said...

So it is Cendawan bola golf after all as named by Temuk. History is made. Have a nice day.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Hmmm....if you play golf often enough on your lawn, no fungi, edible or otherwise will have chance of surviving. purrr...meow!

Al-Manar said...

Pak Idrus,

I am truly glad that you call. I visited your blog a number of times and noticed strange repeated and incomplete entries. Being 'buta huruf' in this strange world I kept trying in vain to read your posts in detail or to leave comments.

As for f/b I get all lost with such terms as 'like', share, this and that. So I accept anyone requesting to be friend and I remain 'unfriendly' - not knowing how to manage f/b.

Keep fit and, as usual, have pleasant trips around the country/world.

Al-Manar said...


That golf ball is not less than 25 years old,hence the fungi. I keep golf balls to get rid of rats and cats - knock them cold.

Pak Idrus said...

BTW Pokcik Hassan. I never post an incomplete posting and never repeat a posting in my Blog http://idrus.blogspot.com. But I do repost it on Facebook and Twitter. We are encourage to do to that in order to get better audience for the posting. Most of my Facebook friends read my blog from Facebook and makes comment there too.

Strange to hear " noticed strange repeated and incomplete entries." I do hop from Facebook to Blog to Twitter from time to time.

Have a nice day.

Al-Manar said...

Pak Idrus,

If I click on Pak Idrus of your comments I would get the following:

instead of:
Would you try clicking on your name in my p[ost above and see if you get what I get.

Pak Idrus said...

Pokcik Hassan the reason you get that link when clicking on Pak Idrus is because of my Google + account and you are taken to see my Google + profile and the same posting in my Google +. You do not have a Google + Account so when I click on Al-Manar it goes straight to your Blog.

You must not click on Pak idrus at the bottom of my posting. You should click 'Comment' or some time it shows [2 or more comments]. Click there and a comment window is open for you to post comment. Try it and I believe you would get to my comment window with ease. To get to my blog straight just click my URL http://idrus.blogspot.com.

BTW this is my latest posting http://idrus.blogspot.com/2012/12/klcc-to-bukit-bintang-aircon.html and it shows only the latest posting and not the whole blog. From that page if you want to see the whole blog click on the title of my Blog 'Pak Idrus's Post

Take care.

Zendra-Maria said...

Salam Pakcik, if those mushrooms are always a couple, my guess is it's probably their wedding day when they emerge. Not nice to kacau pengantin Pakcik...

*Live and let live* hehehe...

kaykuala said...

Dear Pakcik,
Fungi or mushroom it appears serve to bridge the gap in the food chain. It recycles rotting trees, provide food or edibles from humans to insects. There may be other things that it does that one may not realize. Yes, it serves a purpose in its own way.


Al-Manar said...

Pak Idrus,

Thank you for the explanation.

Al-Manar said...


I never thought of that. You do think of all possibility, creative mind. So I have to watch for the single and never allow threesome!

Al-Manar said...


There are things we can never understand wholely in life.

Hank, you have gone far into poem mwriting leaving me hard at understanding, and you have gone international too. Well done.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pakcik,
Thank you kind sir! The blogging community is very helpful. They create good writing environment encouraging members to write more.


Al-Manar said...


Wish you well, my dear friend. But do not to forget us, the unskilled poets.