Colorful Coral Mushrooms

Most fungal dyes are relatively consistent in their results, but one genus' color is nothing short of elusive: Ramaria spp. Many characteristics of the coral mushrooms paint them as nature's tricksters: they are notoriously challenging to identify because they can shift color over the course of their maturation, and their manifold branching can leave more… Continue reading Colorful Coral Mushrooms

A Chemistry Lesson

It's one thing to see a surprising dye color emerge straight from its plant/fungal source such as the pink hiding inside avocados, but it's another entirely to observe a pale, barely-there color turn vivid with the addition of another solute. A little bit of chemistry and patience can take a small dye palette and expand… Continue reading A Chemistry Lesson