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Late Autumn Fungi, Coast & Hedgerow Foraging Walk, Galloway
26 October 2019Late October is a great time for fungi, fruits, succulent plants and seeds in Galloway and this event is designed to make the most of it. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of easy walking over 3 hours we will explore a beautiful coastal location, looking at the full range of our Scotland's remarkable wild larder on beach, rocky shore, salt marsh, forest and hedgerow.
Seasonal Tips from Mark
Chanterelle - Identification, distribution & edibility.It can feel like finding the mythical pot of gold at the end of a rainbow when you come across a cluster of these beautiful mushrooms on a shady woodland floor. They are the most widely commercially harvested wild fungi in Scotland, loving our damp, mild climate and extensive birch and beech woodlands and are highly esteemed by chefs.
Horse Mushrooms - Edibility, Identification, DistributionA horse mushroom in its prime is a thing of great beauty and superb flavour. It also has the curious dual distinction of being commonly misidentified and widely underrated.
Sea Aster - Identification, Edibility, DistributionSea aster is one of many gastronomic delights you can gather easily and sustainably on the salty water margin. It hangs out with other stars of the wild food world like Marsh samphire, sea purslane, sea arrowgrass, sea plantain, annual sea blight, scurvy grass and orache and i'm pretty envious of the sheep that get to graze these delicacies.
Meadowsweet - Identification, distribution, edibility.This is the prettiest and most fragrant of all hedgerow plants, its creamy yellow clouds of tiny flowers (I call them ditch-floss) spreading honey and almond summery scents about the countryside...
Cep - Identification, distribution, edibility.The cep is the king of edible mushrooms. No food, fungal or otherwise, comes near it for flavour and texture and when you find a firm young penny bun, or 'bouchon' cep as the French call it after champagne corks, there is an irresistable fairytale beauty to them which is both beautiful and seductive.