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Started by phantlers on Oct 23, 2021 1:46:53 PM
Wild food

Mushrooms, berries and other foraged foodstuff.

Post links to pictures of things you find and exchange advice on edibility and any risk of potential poisoning.

phantlers - 23 Oct 2021 13:48:44 (#1 of 33)

My birch tree has thrown up a crop of tasty looking fungi. Some birch fungi are edible and some have remarkable healing properties while others will get you a wooden overcoat. I'll post some pics later.

browserbutton - 23 Oct 2021 14:56:37 (#2 of 33)

It will soon be the season to look for bluelegs. I know a place where the wild bluelegs grow, I was told of their whereabouts by an old country fella and I'm sworn to secrecy -- otherwise I would tell you all.

AdonisBlue - 23 Oct 2021 15:08:46 (#3 of 33)

That's interesting. I'd you see a blue colouration in Pscilocybin mushrooms it usually means they cause hallucinations. But not in those as they are listed as edible.

Atticus - 23 Oct 2021 15:14:47 (#4 of 33)

Preparing for The Great Turnip Wars.

widenation - 23 Oct 2021 16:06:06 (#5 of 33)

Bathroom mushrooms aren't worth a try.

Antimatter - 23 Oct 2021 16:09:33 (#6 of 33)

I don't know enough about mushrooms to try the wild ones, which is a shame, MrA found this beauty growing in our yard,

Also, loads of shaggy ink caps.

elderberry - 23 Oct 2021 16:18:55 (#7 of 33)

I've eaten Blewets, though not recently and remember them having a good texture as well as flavour. Shaggy ink caps haven't much texture but taste delicately mushroomy in a pleasant way and are good in a casserole or sauce - eaten when still young and white. The ones I haven't tasted yet but have in the garden are wood ears - I must collect and dry some - evidently they are better ground finely and used in sauce or stock.

Lagopus - 23 Oct 2021 16:21:43 (#8 of 33)

Merlin Sheldrake illustrated his mushroom book himself with ink made from shaggy inkcaps.

elderberry - 23 Oct 2021 16:31:57 (#9 of 33)

How fast is it?

browserbutton - 23 Oct 2021 16:47:30 (#10 of 33)

this beauty growing in our yard

Looks like a parasol mushroom (edible).

elderberry - 23 Oct 2021 16:51:20 (#11 of 33)

Parasol mushrooms are delicious.

Snarlygog - 23 Oct 2021 17:21:17 (#12 of 33)

Puffball are good, not too shocking in fungi taste but they absorb loads of stock / oil. Frying in Bacon fat is good.

elderberry - 23 Oct 2021 17:31:41 (#13 of 33)

I found small puffballs bitter. Giant puffballs sliced, dipped in butter and breadcrumbs, fried in bacon-flavoured fat, and eaten with rashers, are the food of the gods. haven't found one in recent years (mainly because I haven't been far from home for sundry reasons).

I know our agricultural research bods are exploring the possibilities of farming a greater variety of native fungi - it would be great if they succeeded - not least because we'd all get more familiar with what's edible and more confident about picking our own. And we'd have vegan-ish protein (-ish because they aren't plants) that didn't have to travel half round the world.

Snarlygog - 23 Oct 2021 18:04:20 (#14 of 33)

You would need permanent pasture land for good fungi growth. My 1.2 kg puffball was from our land where our beef sucker heard live. Never been ploughed.loads of grazers urine helps.

elderberry - 23 Oct 2021 18:17:27 (#15 of 33)

back when I had to drive to Kilkenny each autumn, there was a field that always had them - I'd sneak in and nick one (there were always broken and decayed ones). I always rather hoped I'd see the farmer and suggest he offered them to a specialist food shop - seemed a shame to have a few hundred euros worth of produce just sitting there.

Snarlygog - 23 Oct 2021 18:22:08 (#16 of 33)

They are part of the ecology of the area, not just a quick buck for hipsters. "Foragers" have pillaged the new forest and other areas.

Antimatter - 23 Oct 2021 18:31:55 (#17 of 33)

They are part of The Internet of Trees.

phantlers - 23 Oct 2021 18:48:39 (#18 of 33)

There was a spot in the northwest corner of Gladstone Park in NW10 or NW2 that produced field blewitts in the 1990s when we lived nearby. Probably still does.

tasselhoff - 23 Oct 2021 21:57:08 (#19 of 33)

You would need permanent pasture land for good fungi growth.

While the fungi/bacteria ratio is higher in permanent grasslands or using cover crops than other pasture or annual scenarios, the ratio is even higher with trees.

TenGorillas - 23 Oct 2021 22:06:28 (#20 of 33)

You can take your fungi to any chemist in France and they will tell you if it's edible, it's part of their training. there was a big poster of edible mushrooms in the pharmacy in Paris next to my workplace. I don't imagine they got a lot of people bringing any in for checking.

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