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Famous, Fascinating & Rare Fungi

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Mushrooms are my dream life, mushrooms are my hobby, I can never get tired of them because I can never find exactly the same one. They are my teachers and my medicine, I am honoured to learn from them and learning has no end. I don't think there is a person on this planet who saw, touched, discovered all the species in person. 

Fungi are responsible for life on our Planet as we know now.

They are the earliest form of life diverged from other life around 1.5 billion years ago.

Fungi form the sister group to the animals and they should not be classified  as vegetables.

The subject is huge and , too huge for one individual human being to discover and understand them all.

With gratitude and humble heart I am always student in that area.

Wast Kingdom of Fungi world fascinated me since early childhood.  My beloved grandma introduced me to the world of mushrooms when I was 4 years old (nearly 36 years ago), since then every year I've been foraging wild mushrooms. I never thought of sharing what I was doing, for me it was obvious that everyone does it too. Turns out that many people still are not aware of the powerful healing medicine as mushrooms are. Our society injected in us fear of wild mushrooms, it was done for reason, no time to dwell on that.....

Now is the time for us, people to recognize Fungi as living medicine, that's what they are.

Foraging mushrooms not only gives you opportunity to spend time in the Nature,  not only provides you with free food but most importantly consuming mushrooms brings you many health benefits.

In my opinion all mushrooms are medicinal.

And as someone joked: all are edible, but some only once.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to know what type of mushrooms are you consuming. Don't take anyone world for proper identification. It is 100% your responsibility to do your own research before consuming any type of wild harvested mushrooms.

ALL THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE ARE ONLY MY OWN THOUGHTS BASED ON MANY YEARS OF DISCOVERY AND OBSERVATION. I DON'T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INCONVENIENT SITUATIONS OR BODY REACTION AFTER YOU CONSUMING ANY OF MUSHROOM SPECIES.

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Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)

The most famous of all mushrooms with fascinating history. Respected by medicine people and used in sacred ceremonies....

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

July- December

Birch, Pine

Toxic

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Blusher (Amanita rubescens)

Always bruises pink- red. Good when cooked.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

June- December

HARD AND SOFT WOODS, PREFERABLY CONIFER

Edible

BE AWARE:CAN BE MISTAKEN WITH 3 OTHER POISONOUS AMANITA SPECIES

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Dusky Bolete (Tylopilus porphyrosporus)

Quality, rare find in UK. 

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

July- October

decidous and conifeous trees

EDIBLE

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Bitter Bolete (Tylopilus felleus)

Can be easily mistaken with Cep this chunky looking guy is bitter in taste, hence classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Aug- November

BROADLEAF: oak, beech and sometimes conifeous trees

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE DUE TO BITTER TASTE

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Bitter Beech Bolete (Colaboletus calopus)

Very bitter in taste, hence classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Aug- November

BROADLEAF: oak, beech and sometimes conifeous trees

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE DUE TO BITTER TASTE

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Plum & Custard (Tricholompsis rutilans)

Very bitter in taste, hence classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

July- October

mostly on conifer stumps, occasionally on broad-leaf stump

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE DUE TO BITTER TASTE

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False Chanterelles (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca)

Bitter in taste, hence classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Aug- November

mostly conifer woods, on acid heath-land.

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE DUE TO BITTER TASTE

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Black Foot Polypore (Cerioporus leptocephalus)

classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Aug- November

branches of broad- leaf trees

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE

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Bay Polypore (Polyporus durus/badius)

classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Aug- November but can be found all year 

branches of broad- leaf trees mostly dead ones.

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE

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Root Rot (Heterobasidion annosum)

classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

June- November

serious parasite on conifers, sometimes on beech and birch

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE

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Stag's Horn/ Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylatia hypoxylon)

classified as inedible.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

can be found all year 

last fungi to attack rotten wood

CONSIDERED NOT EDIBLE

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Yellow Earth Tongue (Spathularia Flavida)

Other names: Yellow Fan, Fairy Fan. Grows in the large groups. Listed as NEAR THREATENED in the provisional Red Data List of fungi in Britain. RARE in UK.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Late Summer- Autumn

Coniferous forests

Edible but tough

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Toothed Jelly Fungus (Pseudohydnum gelatinosum)

Other name:False Hedgehog Fungus. Occasional find in UK.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Late Summer- Winter, but can be found any time of the year

Coniferous forests, mainly on dead and decaying wood, damp areas

Edible 

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Baby Jelly Fungus (Leotia lubrica)

Other name:False Hedgehog Fungus. Occasional find in UK.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

Aug- October

All kinds of woodlands but mostly Coniferous 

Edible but might not be best for pot

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Collared Parachute (Marasmius rohila)

NOT FOR POT BUT VERY PRETTY AND INTERESTING LITTLE SPECIES.......

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

June- November

saprobic, usually decidous hardwood trees

NOT CONSIDERED AS EDIBLE

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Velvet Roll- Rim (Tapinella astrotomentosa)

velvety, pretty.....

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

June- November

saprobic, usually conifer stumps

NOT CONSIDERED AS EDIBLE

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Shaggy Scallycap (Pholiota squrrosa)

pretty.....  once considered edible but not for alcohol parties, contains poisonous substances  when mixed with alcohol and can cause poisoning. 

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

SEASON

June- November

parasite, deciduous, conifers

NOT CONSIDERED AS EDIBLE