Mushrooms in Luxembourg
The postage stamp booklet mushrooms in Luxembourg contains 12 self-adhesive stamps: 6 stamps of 0.50 EUR and 6 stamps of 0.10 EUR. The six mushrooms represented are:
Funnel Chanterelle (Cantharellus tubaeformis)
This mushroom has a cap which is 2 to 6 cm in diameter and a colour which goes from yellow brown to grey brown or greenish brown. Its stipe of about 5 x 1 cm spreads out at the top and its body gives off a faint odour of earth.
Very common, the chanterelle particularly prefers shadowed, humid places under conifers or other trees. This very small mushroom, though modest in size, often yields an excellent crop because of its abundance, and is perfectly suited to desiccation.
Golden Coral Fungus (Ramaria flava)
This typical coral-like mushroom has shrubby branches that emerge from a common trunk. Its tender, friable tissue has a fairly pleasant scent and a mild, slightly bitter taste. Its colour varies from pale yellow to sulphurous. The mushroom grows between July and September in deciduous, coniferous or mixed forests and has a great similarity with Ramaria aurea.
The Golden Coral is to be savoured cautiously: only the young specimens should be collected and only the trunks should be employed, as the branches have a somewhat bitter taste.
Blue Stropharia (Stropharia cyanea)
This non-edible mushroom, bell-shaped at first, later spreads out so that it has a cap of 3 to 6 cm. At first greenish blue, its colour later evolves into a brownish yellow. Its greenish stipe, 3 to 7 cm long, is dotted with white fibrous scales.
This stropharia likes rich soil and grows between September and November in leafy woods and conifers.
Black Elfin Saddle (Helvella lacunosa)
This mushroom of 2 to 6 cm in diameter has a very convoluted head which gives it the shape of a saddle with a grey brown to blackish brown colour. Its stipe is white to grey, 3 - 10 cm long, and deeply furrowed longitudinally. The black elfin saddle is found from July to October in deciduous forests or in conifers. It often grows alone or spread out on bare, humid earth or in moss.
Cuttlefish Fungus (Anthurus archeri)
This very peculiar mushroom begins as an egg of 2 to 4 cm in diameter. Then, at the hatching, it spreads out in a starfish pattern with several bright red branches each about 12 cm long. A sun lover (it lives in direct sunlight), appearing from June until first frost, it likes open woods, acidic soil and the remains of freshly cut leaves.
Sweetbread Mushroom (Clitopilus prunulus)
This mushroom has a plump, thick cap from 4 to 10 cm and has a short, white non-fibrous, fleshy stipe. It is common in deciduous and coniferous forests in summer and autumn. This mushroom is edible and has a delicate, scented body. When fresh, it can be prepared in cream, fried in the pan, or even mixed with other mushrooms. Desiccation emits the scent of the sweetbread mushroom, to a degree that it is sometimes used as a seasoning.
|Price of the booklet:||3,50 €|
|Contents:||6 stamps of 0.10 € and 6 stamps of 0.50 €, self-adhesive|
|Design:||Johan de Crem, Thoricourt (B)|
|Printing:||High-resolution offset by CARTOR, La Loupe (F)|
|Size:||172 x 54,5 mm (open booklet)|