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Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Mon Feb 08 2021 17:48
by Pinkie
Does anyone on here collect wild mushrooms? I started years ago when my son was a lad, to get him into nature, along with fishing. Anyways, we had some this weekend that were unbelievably good. We collected Tree Ears (Wood Ears) and tried a new recipe. You basically find them on old decaying Elder trees, and they are slightly coloured browny purple, and look like ears. Simply boil for five minutes and then marinade in soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame seed oil, fresh chilli and chopped garlic. And enjoy on top of noodles or the meat of choice. We had them with pork chops and then again the next day with roast chicken. Yummy!

Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Tue Feb 09 2021 11:12
by Mike J
Yes.
Field, Horse and Blueits.
In the Forest we have Truffles but the freeloaders from London have spoilt it for everyone and probably future generations.

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Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Tue Feb 09 2021 13:18
by Stewlaws
Pinkie wrote:
Does anyone on here collect wild mushrooms? I started years ago when my son was a lad, to get him into nature, along with fishing. Anyways, we had some this weekend that were unbelievably good. We collected Tree Ears (Wood Ears) and tried a new recipe. You basically find them on old decaying Elder trees, and they are slightly coloured browny purple, and look like ears. Simply boil for five minutes and then marinade in soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame seed oil, fresh chilli and chopped garlic. And enjoy on top of noodles or the meat of choice. We had them with pork chops and then again the next day with roast chicken. Yummy!
Seen a recipe whereby they were dehydrated and turned into Jerky with spices... sounded ok and looked ok but bit of a faff I suspect for not a lot.

Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Wed Feb 10 2021 20:49
by Steve Le maitre
When you say “collect” I’m guessing you mean you go out and harvest, then eat ! For a second I had visions of a collection of 6 month old puffball, boy they give off some dust when you kick them ! Taste nice though, found Horse Mushrooms bigger than dinner plate when I was a kid but haven’t seen any for many years.

Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Wed Feb 10 2021 20:50
by Steve Le maitre
....just to clarify - fresh puffballs taste nice not the dusty versions :narfuk:

Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Thu Feb 11 2021 10:00
by Mike J
No mushrooms
But
High quality drawing ink can be made from Parasol toadstools.

That is drawing from the days of tee squares, and drawing pens (anyone still got theirs?)

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Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Fri Feb 12 2021 14:19
by JohnCopeman
Tried puffballs, sliced and fried....never tried again. Like eating an old bath sponge.
We used to get huuuuggee ones in the field at the back of our estate as kids but hardly ever see them bigger than a football these days.
Always fancied collecting the rarer ones but wary of what's what....the polish lads seem to know what's edible in the UK than us natives. They find plenty of " chicken of the woods" etc.
We used to go to Edale and camp out especially to pick very very small shrooms :stir: :pipe:

Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Tue Feb 16 2021 21:14
by MANO
JohnCopeman wrote:
Tried puffballs, sliced and fried....never tried again. Like eating an old bath sponge.
We used to get huuuuggee ones in the field at the back of our estate as kids but hardly ever see them bigger than a football these days.
Always fancied collecting the rarer ones but wary of what's what....the polish lads seem to know what's edible in the UK than us natives. They find plenty of " chicken of the woods" etc.
We used to go to Edale and camp out especially to pick very very small shrooms :stir: :pipe:
You cant beat a night under the stars in Edale in October.

Very LIBerating :cool: :dizzy:

Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Thu Feb 18 2021 10:26
by Stewlaws
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Every year these are growing in the same spot, we counted 16 in an area of 100yrds square, unimproved grassland with low grazing...

Re: Wild Mushrooms Anyone

Posted: Fri Feb 26 2021 15:52
by bryan m
I,ve been foraging for mushrooms, and other wild plants, for a couple years now and am loving it. Its a bit scary eating mushrooms that you've not picked before but there is a wealth of knowledge online to help you id correctly.
Within 2 miles from where i live i,ve collected Field mushrooms, Horse mushrooms, Parasols and Blewits, with the Field mushrooms being my favourite to eat. I'm still looking for a Chicken Of the Woods and would love to find a Puffball. Heres hoping this year........