|Mainly Parasol Mushrooms |
Field Mushroom, Hazel Nut,
Chantrelles, Rose Hips,
Boletus mushrooms, Rowan Berries,
Horse Mushrooms, Elderflowers,
Amathyst deceivers, Elderberries,
Chicken of The Woods, Blackberries,
Wild Garlic. Sorrel,
The above list is most of what we've picked up in the woods over the last six months or so. Obviously care is needed when foraging - there are many pitfalls for the unwary, uneducated or merely hopeful. Certainly when picking mushrooms extreme caution should be excercised, there are a dozen or so mushrooms that can kill and several dozen that can cause severe gastric upsets. If you're not 100% sure - then don't eat it, don't even pick it!
|Horse Mushroom |
The same goes for some of the flora that can be foraged. There are many members of the potato and carrot family that can kill or at the very least cause severe illness, so again, make sure of what you're picking. There are many brilliant books available - try the River Cottage series on mushrooms, Hedgerow and Seashore for information, humour and recipes.
|Sloes, chestnuts, hips and walnuts |
I would encourage anyone to get out with a couple of good books and have a good look around. It's fun, educational, healthy and free!