Tag Archives: wild mushrooms

The Horse Mushroom: Back in Business

This beautiful, nay, magnificent fungus was my first fresh wild mushroom of the year, and just look at it… A thick, creamy, saucer-sized cap, as firm as a tennis ball, and, when I found it, as dry as a bone – … Continue reading

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Earth Balls: Poisonous!!

Poisonous: Though not life-threatening, if consumed the Earth Ball will cause gastric upset. I hate Earth Balls. It pains me to dignify them with a capital letter, and I only do so for consistency. They are the warts of the … Continue reading

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Identifying Mushrooms: How To Take A Spore Print

This nifty little trick is not only pleasing to the eye, but a truly brilliant and in many cases essential means of successfully and assuredly identifying the mushrooms that you have gathered. What’s more, it couldn’t be simpler – all you … Continue reading

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Wood Blewits

Yesterday I pulled off one of the mushroom hunter’s most self-glorifying and (unfortunately) rare of achievements – I found exactly what I set out to look for. It was a labour of love, mind you. Unsurprisigly, perhaps, December is not the best month for the mushroom … Continue reading

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Puffballs Good; Earth Balls Bad

Allow me to introduce you to two groups of fungus: one of which containing perhaps the most thrilling find in the mushroom kingdom, the Giant Puffball; the other, the absolute bane of my foraging escapades: Earth Balls. I won’t defile … Continue reading

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The Shaggy Parasol Mushroom

What a fantastic, unexpected find these were when out collecting nettles for my Stinging Nettle Soup. Whilst my lovely wife and excellent photographer Gemma Waldron was taking some close-ups of the nettles, I allowed myself a little wander around the delightful … Continue reading

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Mushroom Hunting: Staying Alive

Safety equals success when it comes to foraging for food, and sure identification is an absolute must when gathering anything from the wild for you or your family’s consumption. If you are in any doubt at all about what exactly it is … Continue reading

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