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Friday, 29 August 2014

A word of caution; Foragers Diary

Make sure if you are foraging for the smaller species of puffball you don't mistake them for one of these, I found them growing under some nettles at the bottom of my garden today;

This is a common earth ball or pigskin poison puffball. You are not going to mistake one for a giant puffball just because the giant puff ball is so large but if you are looking for the smaller species of puff ball make sure you don't take these instead.  
One look inside though and you wont make the mistake, instead of the firm white flesh of a puff ball this is what you will find inside an earth ball.
 Also  make sure if you are thinking of making some of those delicious comfrey fritters make sure you don't pick these leaves by mistake. Although superficially similar they do not actually belong to the plant you're looking for;
Similar to comfrey perhaps but have a look at the next picture


Here you can distinctly see the typical flowers of the foxglove which can cause digitalis intoxication and heart block and should never be ingested.


ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU GET THE RIGHT PLANT OR FUNGI.

IF IN DOUBT DON'T EAT IT. 





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