The St Georges are now drying up (in every sense) thanks to the recent hot sunny weather, their centre stage place in the fungi fanatic’s attention has been taken by chicken-of-the-woods . . .
The mushroom harvest has got me bamboozled yet again. There are still a good range of edible species and one or two types are having a particularly good season. I have never had such a good cauliflower crop and there are a lot of lovely young fly agarics coming up . . . . .
After two barren years, things are starting to look very promising – kilos of hedgehogs, chanterelles, decievers, bay boletes and cepes . . . what more could you hope for in mid-September?
The season continues and as usual I’m still confused about what to expect next. The range is still good (we are averaging 16 edible species), but the quantities are low. For all that, I am still sticking to my latest theory about the porcini crop being poor because the surrounding trees had a bad summer (the more I think about it, the more valid this seems), but the warm, dry, autumn is also a factor . . . . .
Things are still rattling along, although the summer is not shaping out in quite the way I anticipated . . .
It’s still early days, but things are looking good. This morning I went on a scouting expedition to a new wood and two hours later was struggling out of the trees weighed down with porcini . . .
We’ve had the first foray of the year and found 17 species of mushroom in all: yellow swamp russula; charcoal burner; chicken-of-the-woods; brown birch bolete; beefsteak; hedgehog; hen-of-the-woods; giant puffball; honey fungus; cauliflower; cepe/porcini; bay bolete; chanterelle; meadow waxcap; tawny grisette; amethyst deceiver and wood blewit . . .
Well it’s not been much of a summer has it? Despite predictions, it’s been wetter and cooler than average, but there could be a silver lining for mushroom lovers . . .
Although I have yet to find my first really good mushrooms of the year, any day now the first morels will begin to appear . . .
The 2009 mushroom season is now definitely getting into its stride. Although I have yet to find my first parasol, this afternoon Phil, a local organic farmer and Shakespeare fanatic told me he’d found one while checking his sheep and had snaffled it for breakfast. Inspired by his enthusiasm, I have put a mouth-watering recipe for parasol tempura on the website as the recipe of the month . . .