This looked a great deal smaller from my bedroom, but i’m glad i got such a huge whole specimen for some reference, the apartment yard crew often runs these over before they get more than thumb sized. If anyone had preserving tips, let me know?

I tried a quick search but didn’t find much. Looks like most people dry or freeze, but that’s assuming consumption. Some also pickle. Did see a suggestion for a non-edible to try casting it in resin. It looks like museums used to just dry them, but now they work with DNA samples. There’s also the traditional denatured ethanol or diluted formaldehyde. Personally I’d take a ton of photos in the meantime – it may be difficult to preserve the stunning colors.

I know there’s some mushroom/foraging folks here on tumblr, perhaps they’ll have good info. fungusqueen mushroomsareawesome erieforage mymushroomfinds ?

I have not had good luck preserving Cesar’s. I sauté and freeze. I view them as a a meal of opportunity and only take what I want to eat. I would love to know how other people preserve them. BTW I am not saying that’s a Cesar’s it just looks like one to me from the pic.


Shortly after 2015 began, this blog hit 10,000 followers. I’ve decided that my New Year’s Resolution is that one tree is planted for every person following this blog.

I want to track how many trees we can plant, so if you would like to participate, please use THIS FORM to document trees you plant in 2015 as a result of this project. I’ll post pictures and submissions under the tag #10000Trees2015.

I’ve made a commitment to try and plant a minimum of #100 trees a year: If I live to be 85, that will be roughly 6200 trees in my lifetime. I count on planting many, many more. This year alone, I planted over 1000.

So far, I have been encouraged by the amount of collective action that has been taking place via this blog: the #Paw Paw Project has resulted in over 1000 free seeds of the Paw Paw (Asimina triloba) being planted in 9 different countries. If even half of those germinate and grow successfully, that is 500 rare fruit trees preserved around the world.

A tree can absorb 27 kg of Carbon Dioxide a year; one large tree can provide a day’s worth of oxygen for four people. [x] It is absolutely vital that ordinary people become interested in conservation and cultivation.

I have written hundreds of posts on #germination, #stratification, #cloning, #tree planting, #fruit trees, and #forest gardening, and you can always ask if you have any questions about planting tree seeds. Consider planting native and keystone species in your area: it is an easy thing to do, and it might just get you interested in working with plant life!