Wild Food

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Its the time of year and all of a sudden there are lots of mushrooms in the fields. The ones in this photograph are in the field by the Barn and are called Parasol Mushrooms or Macrolepiota procera. They start off short and stubby with a compact cap like the shape of an egg and then as it grows the edges fall off and opens out into a large flat mushroom. It has a distinct chocolate brown centre that is leathery to touch. It only takes about 3 or 4 days from the immature cap shape to form into quite a large flat mushroom. It can be eaten and is delicious cooked in butter, they have a pleasant nutty smell.  Always be sure to identify mushrooms before you attempt to eat them as some are poisonous. Happy hunting.

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