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Seasonal Tips from Mark
Wood blewits - identification, distribution, edibilityWood blewits generally do not appear until there has been at least a light frost. This makes them doubly appealing as other top gourmet mushrooms can become scarce at this point in the season. And make no mistake - these are right up the top tier of the finest edible fungi.
Pink Purslane - Identification, Distribution, EdibilityThis is a delightful, easy-to-come-by plant that can be cooked like spinach, added to stir-fries etc, but is at its best raw. I love to employ its earthy flavour in winter salads with pickled fish, beetroot and elderberry vinegar, though it works well as a mild "bulker" with sharper-tasting leaves in spring...
Clouded agaric - identification, distribution, edibilityA very common, large mushroom of late autumn, the clouded agaric is on of those awkward fungi that not everyone "gets on with". Never the less, it is well worth acquainting yourself with it as most late autumn forays will come across it.
Winter Chanterelle - Edibility, identification, distribution.Winter chanterelles are a common, easy to identify and delicious mushrooms that can be picked in large numbers right through November and well into December. Here I look at 4 species that often get referred to as winter chanterelles: yellowlegs, golden chanterelle, ashen chanterelle and winter chanterelle
Wood Avens - Edibility, Identification, DistributionThis is a super-common plant of wood edges (and often deeper in the forest where light penetrates) and hedgerows, with a long history of medicinal use. The leaves can be used as a pot-herb in spring and summer but their flavour is unremarkable. The part that commands my attention is the root, which has a distinct flavour of cloves