It’s that time of year again when you spot the wonderful mushrooms and fungus in the woods and on your walks. A great source of nutrition too, but be careful, make sure you identify it and have a second opinion. A great site to help you is the Wild food UK website, here you will find a comprehensive list with good photos and clear key.
Another good place for help is the Woodlands trust website, they say:
Magical and mistrusted. Toadstools and mushrooms are associated with ancient taboos, dung, death and decomposition. But trees rely on fungi and we’re just starting to understand how close this relationship is: great networks that link and support trees and woodland life. They come in dazzling shapes, colours and sizes; even working with other species to produce different organisms.
The Country file website has an interesting article (and a lot of annoying advertisements), they say:
The British Isles is home to a staggering 15,000 species of wild mushrooms or fungi. These organisms live almost everywhere in the UK, but tend to grow more abundantly in woodland and grassland. For those who know little about fungi, the task of identifying them can be difficult. If you are unsure whether a wild mushroom is safe to eat or not, seek advice from an expert. Eating a poisonous mushroom can be fatal – or at least make you feel very unwell, so don’t risk it. There are many foraging courses you can join where you can be guided by an expert.
We have some experts within the SSCG so if you are having trouble and are a member, you can always email a picture for identification.
Happy hunting all.