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Fungi Foraging Faction


Fungi Foraging Faction

An Assembly of Fungi Foragers and Lovers

Location: Northamptonshire
Members: 6
Latest Activity: Nov 16, 2016

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Welcome Fungi Foragers

Started by David Hinckley Apr 16, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi to all members of the 'Fungi foraging Faction' and to anybody interested in the bizarre world of Fungi, Mushrooms and Toadstools.Good news indeed, the season has started early! This week (week…Continue

Tags: Fungi, April, Mid

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Comment by Mark Willis on February 11, 2016 at 19:07

Here's a contribution to get the Group started, David. "Shaggy Inkcap", one of the few fungi I can conclusively identify!

Comment by Claire Tilley on February 12, 2016 at 5:30

Sounds like this will be an interesting group. "Shaggy Inkcap" also very good to eat.

"Common Field Mushrooms" are easily identified, cooked with these last September.

Comment by Jade Hwang on February 13, 2016 at 9:24

I would like to know if there is any spring fungus.

Comment by Jade Hwang on February 13, 2016 at 9:30


porcini is my favourite one, to be found in late summer/early autumn.

Comment by Mark Willis on February 13, 2016 at 9:36

Depends on your definition of Spring, Jade! The St.George's mushroom Calocybe Gambosa is named after St.George's Day, 23rd April, which is when it is supposed to appear.

Comment by Jade Hwang on February 13, 2016 at 10:18

 Thanks Mark!  Yes, St.George's mushroom should be regarded as spring fungus.  Hope someone here knows what it looks like and whether it is good to eat.  

Comment by Gareth Howell on February 14, 2016 at 19:59

Interesting thing about St George's is that it does come out every year on 23rd April, just like I was remarking about the Xmas day habits of the Robin!

However it is not an ideal time of year to start a fungi group although I find it a pleasure at all times to get identifying, and thinking as much as anything, about how to classify fungi, which is important if you want to eat them too. 

In some ways all fungi are magic. I often say to myself

"I wish I could find this or that!" and hey presto they appear on the fungal horizon to my intense pleasure!

I had about 6 kilograms of perfect Giant Puff Ball which appeared in the filed before my very eyes in about August 2015. I still have 1/2kg left which I may well be eating in the next few days, stored, after thorugh cleaning in the freezer all this time, and sawn, in to pieces to put straight in to the frying pan, which is the only way after so long in there. They would be impossible to handle any other way.  I had very little success indeed with fungi in the South West in 2015.  If you ever tell anybody of a good place to find fungi it is invariably vandalized, not necessarily NOT by the person you have mentioned it to!

Comment by Gareth Howell on February 14, 2016 at 20:03

for years I was unpersuaded to collect Boletus because they look so awful, and yet with minimal cleaning (slugs are very fond of them) they provide excellent fibrous matter, and ar every tasty indeed. some are poisonous so you do have to be careful. Generally the poisonous Boletus actually look poisonous so that's no problem.

I nearly always avoid lactating fungi. It is a rule of mine, although there are some which lactate and are edible. I just don't bother with them.

Comment by David Hinckley on February 15, 2016 at 18:54

A big thank you to all who have joined the 'Fungi Foraging Faction'

Found these little beauties only 7 weeks ago, very late for

'Hygrocybe coccinea' (Scarlet Waxcap) but that's global warming for you!

Comment by Gareth Howell on February 15, 2016 at 19:07

A red waxcap!  Must be the lateness of the growing which has caused the redness?  Have you compared the color digitally?

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