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Field Mushroom id
Wed 20-Oct-10
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jackie d
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Hi, does anyone know if field mushrooms can be mistaken for anything else? I have some growing in a field used for grazing horses that look just like the pictures but am not brave enough to eat them.

Wed 20-Oct-10
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Jackie, you could try this link to see if it helps you identify them with certainty.

I'll try that again!

Thu 21-Oct-10
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Thanks for the link, that is a great site. There are a few poisonous mushrooms that look similar so I think it would be a good idea to take a few photos and send them to the site for id, no point taking risks. Its a shame that there isnt somewhere where you can take mushrooms for id, I think in some countries you can take them into a local store for the owner to look at!

Thu 21-Oct-10
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In France you take them to your local pharmacy.  Can you imagine what would happen if you took yours to Boots? big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Thu 21-Oct-10
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I took some last year to the pharmacy, just as well I did cos they were all poisnous.  What a b****r cos we had hundreds!! 

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That must be so frustrating.  Is there no-one in your area who could help you identify local fungi?

I'll try that again!

Thu 21-Oct-10
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A few years ago, we had some extra compost delivered and in the autumn, we had a lot of wood blewits spring up, plus huge parasol mushrooms, from the area that had been newly composted. Delicious!

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Thu 21-Oct-10
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What a shame that lack of knowledge regarding the poisonous varieties puts people off gathering mushrooms (and I am one of the fearful ones, to be honest).

There must be a really good book or video series to help with this. I am stunned at your experience, Fiona, whereby all those mushrooms were poisonous. But it just goes to show how little most of us know. Wouldn't it be great if we had an identification service in the UK, similar to one in French pharmacies.

Although, to be fair, perhaps a pharmacist's assistant, in order to be sure of erring on the safe side, might always declare every single one to be poisonous.

You could see that happening, couldn't you! doh

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I was told by a Latvian that to test them you should break off a piece and put it on your tongue, if it tingles its poisonous.eeek

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I've just come across this blog which might be helpful to you.

I'll try that again!

Sat 23-Oct-10
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wave Oh what an interesting site TA.  Got quite carried away reading all the comments .

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Sat 23-Oct-10
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Don't you love it when you find something interesting and useful?

I'll try that again!

Mon 25-Oct-10
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Thought I would let you know how I got on with the mushrooms, when I went back to take a photo the frost had turned them into unidentifiable black lumps, a few days later I noticed some growing on the edge of the muck heap protected from the frost by the warmth from the heap. I picked one and ran through all the pointers from the sites TA supplied and I think it is a field mushroom! however when I put it in a bag to check the smell as recommended all I could smell was horse poo which was rather off putting! and when I cut it open it looked like the frost had got to it inside  cry but at least I know what to look for now and I know that unless I am really uncareful the worst I can get is a bad tummy. Thanks for all your help and hopefully next year I will get some more mushrooms.

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Wow, that's an interesting link TA, I know this is an old topic but I was wanting to find a good site on identifying mushrooms.

Does anyone have the River cottage mushrooms book, was thinking of getting it as a pressie for my sister's birthday - she's recently moved in to the countryside and is keen to pick mushrooms, but is as scared as the rest of us. 

Sat 15-Jan-11
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To be honest, I'd rather go out initially with someone who knows exactly what they are doing, books can't be relied upon to get the colours precisely and a little variation in colour might just be the thing that leads one to pick the wrong sort.

I'll try that again!

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