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PeteS



Joined: 06 Dec 2006
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 09 9:56 am    Post subject: Weekends Mushrooms Reply with quote    

Parasol Mushrooms, Chanterelles, Slippery Jacks, basket full of Ceps (yawwwn...), Field Mushrooms, a huge Cauliflower Fungus, Fairy Rings and a few Amethyst Deceivers.



The Cauliflower Fungus is the best I've found since 2006. What a great season!

jp



Joined: 09 Nov 2006
Posts: 275
Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 09 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Fantastic haul Pete the mushroom seasons seems to be ending with a bang - all this mild wet weather I guess after a dry few weeks.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 09 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Checked several of my regular paraol spots, agaricus spots, blewit spots, puffball spots... Found nothing.

Worst season. Ever.

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 09 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not much here either. Certainly worse than the last two years.

ros



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 09 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the only 'shrooms I've seen locally have been of the magic variety and I think I've got a bit too old and sensible for those

jp



Joined: 09 Nov 2006
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Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 09 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It is strange how this season has seen such very varied mushroom foraging fortunes depending on where you are located. I guess that that is always the case from country to country, where gross weather differences will play a part. But I'm surprised at the huge variation within the UK - even in regions not that far apart. Cab near Cambridge has had an awful season but PeteS in the New Forest seems to have had (continuing to have!) a bumper season. Is this normal do you suppose?

PeteS



Joined: 06 Dec 2006
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 09 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My trusty basket got so packed with Ceps that the handle snapped!



I have noticed that even around here (where it's been good since July) certain normally good areas have been poor whereas a normally average spot, sometimes just 1km so away, has been excellent. As for Ceps (which many people seem to go barmy over) - to have them fruit for almost 4 months, like they did down in the New Forest, is exceptional.

The other thing with this is how fast things have come up. The latest fruiting of Ceps wasn't there last week and yet some are massive. In fact Ceps are the most common mushroom at the moment. I am finding them whenever I go out and in places I haven't seen them before. Generally this has been typical. Cauliflower fungus did this too - they were up, out and past it before you could blink.

JP - I have some Chicken of the Woods in my freezer. Let me know if you want it but no rush.

bubble



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 09 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the same here in Thetford forest its choc -a -block with ceps but only in the last week,with beech and oak and now with sweet chestnut.Also lots of slipperys ,clouded agaric ,false chanties ame. deceivers just popping up.I gave the season up Peter but you were right its brilliant.We picked nothing for about 8-10weeks.

jp



Joined: 09 Nov 2006
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Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 09 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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JP - I have some Chicken of the Woods in my freezer. Let me know if you want it but no rush.


Thanks Pete - I had not forgotten, its just that having recently got back from Canada & then the Lake District I've been rushed of my feet catching up! I much appreciate you hanging on to the CoW & will PM you as soon as I know when I can get away.

I like Ceps - & other Boletes like the Orange Birch Bolete & Scarletina Bolete - partly because they taste good, but also because they seem to dry so well for storage. Virtually all my dry shrooms are boletes of one sort or another. I love Cauliflower fungus on the rare occasions I've found them, but as you say they are there & gone before you know it. Giant Puffballs I like too but they don't seem to dry at all well so you eat loads for 2 or 3 days when you find a patch & that's it for another year!

mihto



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 09 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have dried hedgehogs for the first time this year but they are a huge letdown. What do you people do with hedgehogs?

PeteS



Joined: 06 Dec 2006
Posts: 874
Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 09 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bubble wrote:
the same here in Thetford forest its choc -a -block with ceps but only in the last week,with beech and oak and now with sweet chestnut.Also lots of slipperys ,clouded agaric ,false chanties ame. deceivers just popping up.I gave the season up Peter but you were right its brilliant.We picked nothing for about 8-10weeks.


I think that the very, very slight frost we had about two weeks ago followed by rain brought them up. Today I also found Wood Blewits and quite a nuumber of Bay Boletes. For lunch I had Blewits plus Ceps - you don't often get these together fresh! However, the real disappointment this season has been hedgehog fungus. Last season there was loads but hardly any this year. Mind you, there is still time!

PeteS



Joined: 06 Dec 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 09 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jp wrote:
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JP - I have some Chicken of the Woods in my freezer. Let me know if you want it but no rush.


Thanks Pete - I had not forgotten, its just that having recently got back from Canada & then the Lake District I've been rushed of my feet catching up! I much appreciate you hanging on to the CoW & will PM you as soon as I know when I can get away.

I like Ceps - & other Boletes like the Orange Birch Bolete & Scarletina Bolete - partly because they taste good, but also because they seem to dry so well for storage. Virtually all my dry shrooms are boletes of one sort or another. I love Cauliflower fungus on the rare occasions I've found them, but as you say they are there & gone before you know it. Giant Puffballs I like too but they don't seem to dry at all well so you eat loads for 2 or 3 days when you find a patch & that's it for another year!


No problem JP, just let me know.

Horn of Plenty dries really well. In my view It's one of the best mushrooms to dry. However, this season I only found a small amount and had them fresh.

PeteS



Joined: 06 Dec 2006
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Location: Hampshire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 09 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

mihto wrote:
I have dried hedgehogs for the first time this year but they are a huge letdown. What do you people do with hedgehogs?


Yes, it doesn't really dry well at all. I preserve mine by freezung in butter (works great) or I make a duxelle and freeze that. In my experience hedgehog fungus makes an excellent duxelle.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 09 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Finally shrooms appearing here!

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 09 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Field blewits, Agaricus, Agrocybe cylindracea, and shaggy parasols (Macrolepiota rhacodes var. procera) from yesterdays lunch time cycle ride.

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