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Zarza



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 91
Location: Either in the kitchen or in the woods, or in between
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 3:24 pm    Post subject: Hi all. I'm back.  Reply with quote    

Hello all foragers.

I've been very busy the past months, and I couldn't go out foraging. But now it seems that everything is going back to normal, so I expect to spend more time in the wild.

Today I went out for the first time in months and I got a wee haul that really boosted my moral. I got one shaggy ink cap, one kind of boletus and chanterelles enough to cook for six people.

But the most interesting thing was that I found oyster mushrooms. Well, only a few, but it's the first time I find them:




By the way, they were on a birch stump. I think that is not very common.

I found an agaricus, but I can't identify it. The cap is 5 cms wide and pale yellow. The gills are pale pink (note that there is a thin screen protecting the gills):



Apart of mushrooms, there are a lot of plants. I'll post some pictures another day to see if anybody can identify them. What I'm going to post now is the picture of a tree with some berry/fruits. If anybody knows what it is, please tell, because there is plenty of them:



I'm happy to be back. It's nice to go out to the wild. I missed it.

Greetings,

Zarza

Stewy



Joined: 17 Oct 2005
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Location: Berkshire
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cherries by the looks of em

MarkS



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

looks like cherries just about to be ripe enough for the blackbirds to eat.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd have thought that they're cherries too.

The Agaricus, does it stain at all after cutting? And what does it smell like?

bingo



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Zarza, I was wondering where the hell you were the other day when I was out on a forage. I was looking for Oysters and couldn't find any which reminded me of you, last year.
I've been posting on here all year.

Downsizers or life not just the mushroom season Zarza.


bingo



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome back Zarza.

gil
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome back.
Am I right in thinking you're somewhere in Scotland ?
Wild cherries (your fruit pic) are also known as 'geans' up here.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hola!

Zarza



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 91
Location: Either in the kitchen or in the woods, or in between
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 07 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi all and thanks for the welcome.

cab wrote:

The Agaricus, does it stain at all after cutting? And what does it smell like?

No, it doesn't stain. It smells of mushroom, very soft, almost imperceptible. I forgot to mention that it grows alone, in the side of a track.

bingo wrote:
Zarza, I was wondering where the hell you were the other day when I was out on a forage. I was looking for Oysters and couldn't find any which reminded me of you, last year. Wink
I've been posting on here all year.

Downsizers or life not just the mushroom season Zarza.

Hey, bingo, how are you doing?
Isn't it funny? I was moaning about oyster shrooms and how difficult it was to find them, and then, when I wasn't expecting, I find them.
Today I came accross with a lot of chanterelle's patches, both the old ones and new ones I never saw before. Some russulas as well. I have the impression that mushrooms are blooming over here.

gil wrote:

Welcome back.
Am I right in thinking you're somewhere in Scotland ?
Wild cherries (your fruit pic) are also known as 'geans' up here.

Yes, I'm in Morayshire. I think I've never heard 'geans' before. I'll try that word in the grocery and see what happens


And regarding the geans, should I wait for them to mature or they are good right now? I mean, cherries are red, but the ones on the pic are not.

Sarah D



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 07 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Geans won't colour up the same way as cultivated cherries; they will be a yellowish colour, flushed with a soft read - very pretty. Best to bit into one to see if it's ripe (but make sure you know what you are biting into).Sometimes edible raw, but quite often a bit sour. You can make wine or jam with them, though, and/or mix in with other fruits. wild birds love them.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 07 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Zarza wrote:

No, it doesn't stain. It smells of mushroom, very soft, almost imperceptible. I forgot to mention that it grows alone, in the side of a track.


Hard to pick out a particular Agaricus, but pinky gills when young, pale yellowy cap... Probably A. arvensis, wood mushroom. Tasty. Probably.

jp



Joined: 09 Nov 2006
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Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 07 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome back - great timing for the muchroom season...

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