Free Food! Foraging Summer Fruits and Mushrooms

Free Food! Foraging Summer Fruits and Mushrooms


Free food? Yes Please! In summer around
August is the perfect time to go foraging for berries other fruit and
even mushrooms you just have to observe your
surroundings very carefully. Ideally for mushrooms
you should go foraging after one or two days rain as you will be more likely to
find summer late summer mushrooms like Agaricus Campestris aka field mushroom A specimen of Agaricus As you can see insects have been happily
munching away, you can’t see the gills any more of this Agaricus which makes
identification slightly tricky. This is a member of the bolete family the same
family as porcini mushrooms we can see the sponge-like structure there and
under the cap. this is a smaller specimen let’s see the habitat it’s birch (CORRECTION: BEECH) Elderberries almost ready to collect as
you can see some of them are not quite ripe – the red ones and elderberry
makes an excellent syrup and jam If you’re lucky you might find some
raspberries they’re probably cultivated varieties
then got scattered around by birds raspberries will not be as big as the
ones that you find at supermarkets these blackberries are not quite ready to pick
however by the time August comes almost through to September depending on
the area these berries will make an excellent jam. I’ll put a link with some recipes
so you can experiment with blackberries in the kitchen. Before you set off foraging
make sure you consult a book or a guide book, or more than one, ideally
research, study and asking questions to experts is the best way to learn and
recognize what foods that are suitable for the kitchen. Lime tree seeds can let
the used as a substitute for chocolate and coffee as a hot drink I you need to
collect quite a few and then roast them in the oven for about 15 minutes for
that low heat and then grind them some fruits that you can find are plums this red Russula is definitely
poisonous here’s a baby one waiting to emerge the habitat: oak tree more russulas more summer fruits, these are damsons. You
can make jam with them or infuse them in vodka (OR GIN) for damson vodka Marasmius Oreades or
fairy ring mushroom What is your favorite foraged food? Please
let me know in the comments also if you seek inspiration in the kitchen you can
find my book The Foraging Home Cook on Amazon, I’ll link that below Consider
subscribing for more information on the food not only foraging but recipes as
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