wild edible mushrooms

Foraging Fun: Agaricus campestris

The Meadow mushroom (Agaricus campestris) is a close relative of the button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) but processes a complex life cycle and requires a specific enough habitat so as to have so far evaded extensive cultivation and remains a treasure of wild (or at least semi-wild) spaces. (more…)

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Foraging Fun: Lepista personata

Six weeks ago when there was still foliage on the trees outside of the intern house here at the farm I discovered, collected, identified and consumed my very first field blewit (Lepista personata/L. saeva) growing from an old forgotten pile of straw bales: the start of a compost pile which never received new additions or got turned over. Incredibly, I have been able to return to this same patch twice (including today, November 11th 2015) since my initial observation and collect new mushrooms that have been emerging for the dinner table. (more…)