Edible Wild Fungi

 

This section is intended to give a snap-shot of Galloway’s edible fungi that will help you to focus on the most rewarding species. For more in-depth information, check out the Seasonal Notes section or refer to a guide book.

In order to help you focus on the most rewarding species for beginners, each fungi is scored on 3 counts:

EDIBILITY –  all wild mushrooms should be well cooked unless otherwise indicated. Only ever eat fungi if you are 100% CERTAIN of ID.

  1. Survival food (possibly requiring special preparation).
  2. Edible but no great culinary merit.
  3. Tasty.
  4. Delicious.
  5. A true gourmet delicacy.

IDENTIFICATION – REMEMBER: NEVER MUNCH ON A HUNCH! You could die.

  1. Extremely difficult, requiring expert knowledge of multiple features/easy to mistake for dangerous species.
  2. Easily mistaken – experience required.
  3. Difficult to be certain.
  4. Quite straightforward – care still required.
  5. Obvious and distinct identifying features and no dangerous lookalikes.

DISTRIBUTION and CONSERVATION – Within Galloway, but mostly relevant to much of UK and Scotland in particular.

  1. Hard to find, rare or should not be picked for conservation reasons.
  2. Scarce and/or ecologically sensitive.
  3. Occasional, possibly abundant in some locations, pick sensitively.
  4. Relatively common.
  5. Common and widely distributed.

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(REMEMBER – SCORES LISTED HERE ARE COMPOSED FROM EDIBILITY, EASE OF IDENTIFICATION AND DISTRIBUTION TO HELP BEGINNERS FOCUS ON THE MORE REWARDING SPECIES)

red foot boleteScarletina bolete

Score 12/15

 

 

 

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Scarlet elf cup cluster

Scarlet elf cup

Score 11/15

 

 

 

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Chanterelle

AKA Girolle, Golden chanterelle

Score: 11/15

 

 

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Cep

AKA Penny bun, porcini, king bolete

Score: 12/15

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Winter chanterelle

Includes golden chanterelles and winter chanterelles

AKA Yellowlegs

Score: 10/15

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Parasol Mushroom

Score 11/15

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Puffballs

Score 10/15

 

 

 

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Shaggy Inkcap 

AKA Lawyer’s wig, shaggy cap

Score 11/15

 

 

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Cauliflower Fungus

Score: 11/15

 

 

 

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Fly agaric - yes – it is edible, but click the link to find out how to prepare it safely.

Score: 11/15

 

 

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Amethyst deciever

Score: 11/15

 

 

 

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Clouded agaric

AKA Clouded funnel

Score: 10/15

 

 

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Wood blewits

Score 11/15

 

 

 

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Horse Mushrooms

Score 11/15

 

 

 

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Chicken of the Woods

Score 9/15

 

 

 

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The Blusher

Score 9/15

 

 

 

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Dryad’s saddle

Score 10/15

 

 

 

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Common Inkcap

Score 8/10

 

 

 

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Jelly ear

.Score 11/15

 

 

 

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Oyster mushroom

Score 9/10

 

 

 

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Score 9/10

 

 

 

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