Observation 97733: Fomitopsis officinalis (Vill.) Bondartsev & Singer
When: 2012-06-18
Herbarium specimen reported

Notes: Growth on massive downed conifer. Two large fruiting bodies on same tree.

A bit of fresh material was laying on the ground. It had a very crumbly, soft, white context that flushed pinkish red and then slightly blue.

Small area of pore surface discoloring yellow.

Specimen in first photo collected. White context with growth zones. Firm but
easily cut flesh. The brown on the context in the cross sectioned photo is discoloring from the rotten outer crust when cut with band saw.

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Recognized by sight: bitter taste, white context, texture of material on ground.

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About the bitters
By: Britney Ramsey (Riverdweller)
2012-06-19 08:13:20 CDT (-0500)

I nibbled a piece for about 20 seconds like you said. It came on slow and stayed in my mouth for quite a while!

Very happy to find this!

Have you ever had “bitters”?
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2012-06-19 00:19:43 CDT (-0500)

Bitters is another name for quinine water, although I’m not sure it’s used anymore. For me the bitter taste takes about 20 seconds in the mouth. Fortunately, you can spit the whole thing out after. Rather a distinctive taste.

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