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jp

If you go down to the woods today...

Be sure to take a very big, strong, basket. Very Happy I left as many as I picked. This is a fabulous year for shrooms & my dehydrator is working overtime.
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Shan

I am incredibly jealous.
jp

Shan if you are in South Wales there should be plenty of great places to forage out mushrooms. A decent forested area should see you right.
Nell Merionwen

i wish I had the confidence to id fungi.
jp

Nell see if you can find someone in your area who has foraging experience & ask if they would take you out a few times - you will soon gain the knowledge to get you started. A few good books will help too. Derbyshire should have some great places to forage Very Happy
Nell Merionwen

Nell see if you can find someone in your area who has foraging experience & ask if they would take you out a few times - you will soon gain the knowledge to get you started. A few good books will help too. Derbyshire should have some great places to forage Very Happy

I've got a few and I'm confident with plants. Fungi scares me...with names like Death cap who can blame me Smile Laughing
Jamanda


I've got a few and I'm confident with plants. Fungi scares me...with names like Death cap who can blame me Smile Laughing


But you'd eat a tomato even though it's closely related to deadly nightshade! Laughing
Nell Merionwen


I've got a few and I'm confident with plants. Fungi scares me...with names like Death cap who can blame me Smile Laughing

But you'd eat a tomato even though it's closely related to deadly nightshade! Laughing
But I am sure of the difference in those. I may mistakenly eat a shaggy death stink cap or some such thing Laughing
DorsetScott

Remember though the most poisonous fungi take 10 days to kill you. The most poisonous plants take 3 hours.
I said in another post I took a good couple of years doing nothing but IDing fungi, no eating full stop.
And even if not going to extremes like that, there are certain fungi that are unmistakable. Take the hedgehog for example, you'll KNOW you've found that if you do.
Or Bolettes. Im sure the guys will correct me if I'm wrong (I'm not an expert and am getting this off the top of my head), but there is 1 nasty one (devil's bolette) which is pretty damn hard to confuse with the good edible ones. Anything you would confuse a cep for is also edible.
Shan

Shan if you are in South Wales there should be plenty of great places to forage out mushrooms. A decent forested area should see you right.

We have loads of forested areas around us but the pickings have been almost non existent over the last few years.
Shan

i wish I had the confidence to id fungi.

Start with the ones that it is impossible to confuse with others.... making certain you always do a thorough ID.
Nell Merionwen

i wish I had the confidence to id fungi.

Start with the ones that it is impossible to confuse with others.... making certain you always do a thorough ID. a sensible plan Smile sean

If you go down to Kew Gardens you'll need a *really* big basket. VM

I too like the idea of foraging mushrooms but it makes me nervous so I don't. Partner picked some the other day which he was sure about but I think they might have been too old as really didn't taste nice when I cooked them.

When still back in Manchester we went out for a day with Jesper Launder who picked mushrooms and made it look so easy - and they tasted delicious when fried.

Link to his site: http://www.jesperlaunder.com/

Ho hum. On the bright side we have foraged kilos and kilos of berries this year - see other post.
jp

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Or Bolettes. Im sure the guys will correct me if I'm wrong (I'm not an expert and am getting this off the top of my head), but there is 1 nasty one (devil's bolette) which is pretty damn hard to confuse with the good edible ones. Anything you would confuse a cep for is also edible.


The devils bolete is rare & not easily confused withe edible boletes like the Cep. However the Cep can be confused with inedible boletes - check out Tylopilus felleus the Bitter Bolete. Can be easily mistaken for a Cep - it's not dangerous but it is incredibly bitter & will totally ruin your Pan full of tasty chanterelles. Believe me I've done it during my early days hunting Ceps puke
Jam Lady

I belong to a New Jersey mushroom society. They love ALL mushrooms. Me, I only adore the easily identified, absolutely delicious ones.

A friend taught me a few: I forage for both golden and black chanterelles, chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus), hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa), and oyster mushrooms.

Morels would be nice but anyone who knows where they grow might share the mushrooms but not the location. Puffballs don't impress me, ditto dryad's saddle.
Shan

I don't think much of puffballs either. Can't stand the texture and I wouldn't say they are particularly flavourful.
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