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Showing posts from January, 2015

My First Wild Chaga - Inonotus obliquus

If you ask any forager what their 'favourite first find' is, you may well be amazed at the extent and diversity of the answers you'll receive. Generally speaking, all first time discoveries are special. However, certain instances have extra special status dependant upon personality type and of course the discovery. There are many 'fantastic firsts' that reside deep within my memory;  Horn Of Plenty/Chanterelles/Hedgehog/Wrinkled Peach fungi on the wild atlantic coast of West Scotland (different years), Marsh Samphire/Sea Purslane in Norfolk, Sea Holly in the sand dunes of a secluded beach in Cornwall, Sea Buckthorn, Medlar Trees & Earth Star fungi in inner city Leeds, etc.... the list is long and plenty :0).

Despite never finding or witnessing this reportedly elusive and amazing fungi in the wild for myself, the reality of it's existence and notoriety did come to my attention while on a wild-full-on-foraging-immersed visit to friend and fellow forager, Mar…

Fungal Foray Adel 2014

First fungal foray of the year. I had to postpone the next two scheduled walks due to unusually dry conditions and a lack of fungal diversity. Fortunately for the group and myself the fungi were playing out on this occasion. Here are some pictures of the day.

I like using Roger Phillips Mushrooms book as a way of showing some of the difficulties to be had when ascertaining the true id of certain fungi species. Here we are looking at the Russula family, many require close examination of spore prints for an accurate id.
Bay Bolete - Boletus badius. This edible and very tasty fungus exhibits a change in the colour of it's pores when handled/bruised. Excuse the almost manic look on my face, pictures are taken in real time and not posed for.

Employing the safe and appropriate use of and connecting with all our various senses when foraging (as well as in everyday life), is important. Not only does our experience become more enjoyable but our awareness of the natural world is enhanced o…

Edible Wild Plants January 2015