some very pretty mushrooms were found

This morning I finally got to do what I have wanted to do for a very long time, and go mushroom foraging in the forest. I find the philosophy around foraging for food hugely appealing but it’s always seemd to be a very closely guarded secret amongst everyone I have ever met that does it.

I guess there is a desire to preserve the supply, and to ensure the sustainability.

The event was organised by slow food mother city and was extremely interesting.

from edible to lethal

After a basic introduction we were sent off to forage  on our own in smaller groups.  With no idea what were edible and what were lethal, we gathered what we found for the show and tell.

What a lot of fun.

a perfect little specimen

I’m not even going to try and remember all the names and all the details, and of course the secrets need to be preserved, but the outing at least gave us an overview of what its all about, and what, as a rule of thumb a mushroom that induces organ failure looks like vs. one that you could eat.

dangerous shrooms

It’ s a pretty tricky and risky exercise and needs to be handled with extreme caution.  There is also a lot of confusion, even the expert botanist with a phd had the odd unsure moment about some of these little suckers.  Mushrooms from the same species can look really different to each other and at different life stages. So its not all cut and dry.

a few little porcini

So the cep or the porcini with its luminous gills, looked to be one of the most ominous and certainly not like the porcini I have cooked with before.  All round a lot to know, a lot of risk, but I’m keen to explore a little further and have an eating experience before I make my final call.

very naturally pretty and photogenic

More pictures of the event can be found on the slow food mother city site.

7 Comments

  1. Your pictures of great! Even if you’re not using most of the mushrooms, there’s definitely a lot of inspiration to find in the colors and textures.

  2. Wonderful post! Isn’t mushroom foraging exciting? I went on my first foraging about a month ago and we found a lot of porcinis and morels!! Lovely blog you have.

  3. drizzleanddip

    Thanks Jun, yes it was so much fun and porcini’s are definitely the prize.

  4. Karen Burton

    Hi Sam – this story fascinates me, I want to go on a course to learn about what one can eat and what one can’t (like a field trip lesson) Is this what you did? Do you know of anyone who will do such a course!! Let me know – love Kari – ps I love drizzle and dip what a clever girl you are!!

  5. drizzleanddip

    Thanks so much Kari, and I hope you will visit more and leave a message. I did a once off excursion with slow mothercity, but regret there are no formal classes on it. I’ll chat about it when I next see you. Sam x

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