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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

My Day in Fungi

The late Summer months leading into Autumn provide some of the best fungi foraging opportunities of the whole year, in todays post I will show you all the fungi I encounter on an average day.

These Field Mushrooms came from the field where I keep my pheasants but I also see plenty in the field behind my house. 

I mentioned fairy ring champignon mushrooms in my magic or not-so-magic mushroom post recently and here they are in the flesh, in their typical 'fairy ring' formation. 

The fairy ring champignon up close

Giant puff balls ready for picking, but should I take them all? I'll be posting something on Hunter Gatherer Ethics soon to discuss the 'how much is too much?' question of hunting and gathering 

One of the most sought after edible fungi in Europe, although this slightly slug eaten specimen has seen better days, probably second only to the chanterelle, this is the cap of a penny bun, also called the cep or porcini.  

The distinctive wrinkly 'cobwebby' stem of the penny bun 

The expanded cap of a mature, and fairly large, although not record breaking penny bun. 

Although this fungi is similar to the penny bun in the sense that it has tubes instead of gills it's general colour and another interesting feature give it away;

It is a Devils Bolete and it stains this blue/black colour as soon as it's flesh is exposed to the air.

The earthball or pigskin poison puff ball, you can tell by it's name you shouldn't eat it right? and if you ever got so far as to cut it open it's innards should put you off...

It's always this colour on the inside it doesn't start white and colour like the devil's bolete earlier it's always like this, no very appetising is it, compare it to the pure white of a giant puff ball below... 

The pure white innards of a delicious giant puff ball. 
So that's a few of the fungi I see regularly at the moment, obviously this is seasonal and perhaps a little later in the year I will see more of the ink caps, parasols and wood blewets. Look forward to those species being featured on the blog a little later in the year.   

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