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Field Mushroom id
Thu 27-Jan-11
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Toffeeapple
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Better pop into Tesco and get a January King or a small pointed cabbage, they are fresh as can be right now.  wink

I'll try that again!

Wed 2-Mar-11
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I was in the 'scared of mushrooms' camp for a long while, then I realised the secret.

You don't need to learn 3000 species of mushroom, you just need to learn about 6 and look for them. Try Hedgehog, Parasol, Giant Puffball, Cep, Bay Bolete, and if possible Field and Horse, although I find these two are more tricky.

As you go round, collect anything you see, (I have a further rule of '"Does it look like something I want to eat") and take it home to identify, but keep it separate from other mushrooms in case it's toxic.

It's worth having a glance through the toxic mushroom section too.

The River Cottage book is very good indeed, but I'd suggest a couple of reference books so that you can cross check - no one book has the best descriptions of every mushroom.
 

 

Wed 2-Mar-11
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Cheers Adrian, I found a good website as well that I will use when we get to autumn- called the mushroom diary.

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Another method is if it goes blue when you cut it, then don't bother with it. whistle Some mushrooms go a very distinct inky blue when cut, which surprised me.

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oh, didn't know that...another snippet for the old memory banks.

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Another one is to put it on the tip of your tongue and you will know if it is not good. There was one mushroom we weren't sure about and I tried that and it kind of tingled, so I threw it out. I think the suggestion of getting to know a few really well is a really sensible idea, we have a list of mushrooms we now are fairly confident in identifying and we double check with the above tests when we are on our own or go with a local who know their mushrooms cheers

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Thanks Joanna, might be coming back to you later int he year.

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Think that has exhausted the extent of my mushroom knowledge whistle

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I find this site good and the pictures are clear

http://www.rogersmushrooms.com/

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Tue 31-May-11
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Most poisoning (50%) are coursed by people thinking they have picked field or horse mushrooms (although how they make that mistake with the latter is beyond me). They instead pick the yellow stainer. This is far from a lethal mushroom also it is easily identified by a bright yellow stain on the base. It is also supposed to stain when scratched not noticed that myself probably because am busy stamping on them all. Other identification are the location I personally only found them on the inside edge of woods.  Another identification aid is the smell which is similar to carbolic. Cooking it will turn everything yellow in the pan and give off a very unpleasant smell. Hopefully the location where I found them last year where they appeared to have replaced a mass of giant puff balls will be devoid of them¦¦..please. JB

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Ruthdigs said:

Terrier said:

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. 


 

I've got it and it's a good read as well as being helpful for identification.  As the others say I'd hesitate to use it as the last word for some species as some of them can look very similar to poisonous cousins.  The book is helpful in not only having an edible section but also a section for the 'baddies'.  In the edible bit it points out any similar looking ones that could mislead you.  For id the photos are clear; that's about the only failing in something like Food for Free I think.

I've also got an older version of the Roger Phillips Mushroom book though I must admit to finding it a little too informative sometimes.  It's also A4 so not a field pocket guide thing but is widely regarded as 'the word' on the subject.  No recipes though unlike the RC one!  I'd recommend the RC one as long as your sister is a fairly sensible individual.  wink  I'm thinking of getting the Collins Gem Mushroom book as well as an even more pocket sized option - from the reviews it seems to be fairly safety concious.  Anyone else got this one?


I always carry a Collins Gem But do my final identification at home with an A4 sized book (Peter Jordan Mushroom picker's foolproof field guide). The Collins Gem normally has about 200 mushrooms in it Descriptions are good but pictures are obviously not, as it is a pocket book. It also has a lot of mushrooms which are there for interest purpose only IE ones that look like trees....the weird ones in otherwords. While the A4 will have multiple pictures but only about 70 or so mushrooms. The edible and similar looking poisonous ones and of course the deadly poisonous ones. I would always go for both even if you are going to carry the large one with you. It always good to know what the weird looking thing is growing on the dead tree trunk.

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I have the pocket one, and that is the one we use to get to know the mushrooms.

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One way I identify mushrooms etc is to ask my neighbour who is now 72 if he got it wrong he would not be 72 so a good bet me thinks. I of course assured myself that he ate mushrooms in the first place.

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Sounds like good advice. We went first with someone who is supposed to pick the best mushrooms around first before venturing on our own.cheers

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I was given a mushroom book some years ago - "Fieldguide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain and Europe" by David Pegler. 386 species well described and illustrated. Not as small as the collins gems guides - about 2 1/2 times as big but still just about small enough to keep in a coat pocket - and a very useful guide.

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