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Bee Fungi- Grandmother Way to Healing

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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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Cep (Boletus edulis)

Other names: Porcini, King Bolete, Penny Bun. One of the most regarded mushrooms in the culinary field.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible, yummy

Birch and Beech

Sometimes Oaks, pines, spruces

SEASON

June- October

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Bay Bolete (Xerocomus badius)

Other names: Imleria Badia, Boletus Badius. Second after Porcini the most valuable mushroom in culinary field, in fact difficult to say the difference in taste when you are blindfolded...

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible, yummy

Pine & spruce forests.

Sometimes: oak, beech, chesnut trees

SEASON

August- November

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Red Cracking Bolete (Xerocomellus chrysenteron)

INFREQUENT.....

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible 

conifers,  beech

SEASON

July- November

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Suede Bolete (Xerocomus subtomentosus)

Tricky one to identify, but with small ammonia test, this on's cap will turn mahogany red.....

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible

Mycorrhizal, broadleaf parks,  mixed woodland

SEASON

July- October

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Slippery Jack (Suillus luteus)

Very slimy when wet, one of the boletes that has distinctive ring.

Picture credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suillus_luteus#/media/File:Suillus_luteus_475376.jpg

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible 

pine

SEASON

August- November

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Larch Bolete (Suillus grevillei)

One of the most abundant and most easy to find.............

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible 

larch trees and ecomycorrizal with

SEASON

July- October

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Velvet Bolete (Suillus variegatus)

Has tubes and pores like all bolete species.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible

Pine, Heathers, acid loving plants, sandy soils

SEASON

Late Summer

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Birch Bolete (Leccinum scabrum)

Other names: Scaber Stalk, commonly known as rough- stemmed bolete. 

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible, yummy

Birch trees only, mostly Silver Birch and Dawny Birch

SEASON

July- November

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Scarletina Bolete (Neoboletus praestigiator)

Great when well cooked but this is not a mushroom for novice forager as can be easily mistaken with toxic  Boletes, Devils Bolete. Toxic boletes have mesh pattern on the stem, Scarletina has red dots....

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible, CAUTION: NOT TO MISTAKE WITH TOXIC BOLETES

Mostly: Beech, Oak, also can be found in coniferous and mixed woods.

SEASON

July- October

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Dryad's Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus)

Other names: Polyporus Squamosus, Pheasant's Back Mushroom, Scaly Polypore. It is the largest cape mushroom in the UK, can grow up to 60cm in diameter. When young taste like watermelon.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible

Deciduous trees & stumps

SEASON

May- August

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Orange Grisette (Amanita Crocea)

This interesting mushroom has no ring on the stem, stem has white zig-zag pattern of soft scales.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible, DON'T CONFUSE WITH DEADLY POISONOUS AMANITA SPECIES

Mossy woodland. Hardwood trees: Birch, Beech.

Sometimes:larches, pines, spruces

SEASON

July- October

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Honey Fungus (Armillaria mellea)

Very common parasitic fungus. Honey fungus is bioluminescent- the gills glow in the dark (but the light is too weak to be visible to the human eye. Some literature do not recommend foraging honey fungus as they state that there were cases of poisoning.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible 

on stumps and dead roots

SEASON

July- November

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Hedgehog (Hydrum repandum)

Other names: Sweet Tooth, Wood Urhin, Pied du Mouton. Very tasty and safe to forage as is difficult to mistaken with other species

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible 

most woods

SEASON

August- October

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Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus)

Other name: Lawer's Wig. They are mostly to be found soon after rain.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible when young

grass, footpaths, lawns, open woodland

SEASON

April- November

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Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophylum rhacodes, previously Lepiota rhacodes)

This large mushroom can be mistaken with Parasol Mushroom and also with poisonous Chlorophyllum molybdites when young.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible but can cause gastric upsets. NEEDS TO BE WELL COOKED

saprobic, all kinds of woods, prefers conifers, mostly SHADY areas

SEASON

June- November

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Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum)

Other name: warted puffball, gem- studded puffball, devil's snuff-box, wolf farts. Can be confused with very young amanitas.

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible when young

mixed woodland, heaths, pasture

SEASON

July- November

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Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina)

This litle fella can be a great addition to any meal as it doesn't change colour when cooked.....

EDIBILITY

HABITAT

Edible but can absorb asrenic from the soil

mixed woods, mostly oak and beech

SEASON

June- November

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