Skip to main content

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 on a myriad of levels too. Here we're familiarising ourselves with the feel of the cap of  a Bay Bolete. Without stating the obvious (sherlock), it's dry state differs remarkably from that of it's wet state. Good to know these differences especially when foraging in various weather conditions.

Sulphur Tuft (Hypholoma fasisculare) a very common and gregarious fungi. A non-edible - reportedly very bitter with a taste similar to Quinine. Despite it's inedibility it, as with so many other fungi play a very important role in nature.

Fungals n fungis - always find time to have a laugh - yea, yea, I know...

Throughout the course of the walk we discovered and identified in excess of 20 species of fungi. We covered a distance of no more than half a mile. Fungi are everywhere and fungi are fab.

If you're interested in learning and discovering more about the amazing, complex and wonderful kingdom of fungi then keep an eye on my Events Calendar for seasonal walk updates, or if you would like to receive a quarterly newsletter with info, hints, tips etc... why not subscribe to Edible Leeds' newsletter in 2015. Email: and request newsletter.



Popular posts from this blog

Nettle, Wild Garlic and Ground Elder Soup

It's officially Spring, a time of new beginnings, longer daylight hours (yeeha!) and powerful, nutritious herbs. This recipe is one I first made a number of years back, at my first ever food festival - I had a 30 minute slot, so needed something quick easy and representative of some of the tasty, nutritious and powerful herbs available - it's a recipe that I've tweaked over the years and recent tweaks have left me feeling very satisfied with the results and those who have shared a bowl or two with me. The great joy of this soup, other than it's delicious and satisfying taste, is the ease of identification of the wild ingredients, the very small quantities required and the simplicity regarding the cooking. This isn't just a 'simply green tasting soup', this is wild gourmet food at it's simplest and finest.


75g Nettle Tops
75g Wild Garlic
35g Ground Elder
2 Onions
5 Garlic Cloves
1 - 2 Tbsps Fermented Brown Rice Miso Paste
2 - 3 Tbsps Coconut…

Pheasant and Wild Garlic Dolmades

I should really call this 'when opportunity knocks'! There are moments when opportunities arise while out and about, it's all about good fortune, random happenings, destiny (however you like to call it) and whether or not to act on the opportunities presented - when it comes to road-kill pheasant, I'm always happy to swing with the opportunity. This recent RTA bird was initially destined to become 'Pheasant Kiev'. However, while out early yesterday morning to pick the wild garlic required, my mind drifted and happened upon another idea I've had for a while, a take on Dolmades - this was in part due to the terrific size of some of the leaves I was finding, they were perfect for wrapping into mouth watering parcels and a bit of fun too.

The following recipe made 8 dolmades and there is still enough mixture left over for at least 6 more - I should have picked more leaves! It's a flavour fusion reminiscent of the Mediterranean, North Africa and the UK.


Edible Leeds: The Magic of Seaweed at Salvos

After hosting the Anglesey Forage Weekend (July 22nd/23rd), alongside my friend and fellow foraging tutor, Jesper Launder, I stayed on Anglesey to grab some down time and to prepare for the upcoming 'Magic of Seaweed' event at, Mondo Piccolo at, Salvos Salumeria, in Headingley. I had seaweeds to gather, fish to catch and coastal herbs to collect for the evenings menu. After returning to Leeds on the Wednesday, I arrived at Salvos on the Thursday morning and spent the day prepping for the evenings event - I did manage to squeeze a quick 40 minute forage in in the late afternoon to gather some extra herbs and flowers to accompany the evenings dishes; always time for a quick forage...

The evening began with a short talk on seaweeds including where and how to forage for them, lunar cycles and tides, health and nutritional benefits, their effects on human brain development and evolution (science theory based) and the fun bit, how to preserve, prepare and eat various species found …