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Spring has arrived in the UK - what are we foraging?


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#31 AnythingButPlainChocolate

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:56 PM

It looks like it might be a bumper crop of Elder Flower this year, I've already filled up a freezer with it and it's only just started blooming!

Has anyone else noticed this, or is it just Bristol and the surrounds?
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#32 offcentre

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 01:27 PM

Not many elderberries around these parts but we've had a bumper crop of ceps again this year.

Been gathering for a good couple of months now off and on - I am learning more year on year on the behaviour of mushrooms round here. Definitely more appear a couple of days after the full moon, and they seem to begin in the woods and move out onto the grassy borders as the year goes on.

With the leaves having fallen now they are getting more difficult to spot...
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but once you stumble across one there's sure to be more close by...

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This one a nice twin...
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There are a lot of people in my local area gathering from the same general location as me, but there's enough to go round. Here is the fruits of 2 hours of meandering this morning, just over a kilo of mostly ceps, with a few other boletus and some saffron milk caps...

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Some have been pickled, some dried, and a lot eaten fresh, such as this lovely cep and parmesan pizza with garlic butter for lunch...

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Lovely!