Foraging in October 2021

Shaggy ink cap

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Foraging in October: Here are a few edibles that we’ve found this month.

Here’s a few snippets of what we’ve been spotting while out foraging at the moment. We’ve included a few plants and mushrooms that you may find near you. Let us know in the comments what you’ve been foraging for this month. We’d love to hear what you’ve been spotting on your adventures recently.

Why not have a go at spotting some of these yourselves.    

Common Chickweed

Scientific name: Stellaria media

A great find for a novice forager, a key identifier for common chickweed is the mohican of hairs running down one side of the stem. A great little plant for a fresh salad (better than lettuce in our opinion!)

Common Chickweeds ‘Mohican’ of hairs running down one side of the stem

Amethyst Deceiver

Scientific name: Laccaria amethystina

These mushrooms have a pleasantly nutty, mushroomy scent and flavour. They can be foraged from June through till November however, they’re not the most substantial mushrooms but often found in their hundreds and will brighten up any meal.  

Bay Bolete

Scientific name: Boletus / Imleria badia

Can be found in mixed woodland from August through to November. The bay Bolete is a fairly common mushroom and similar in taste to the Penny Bun. 

Cauliflower Fungus

Scientific name: Sparassis crispa

Should always be cooked before consumption. Tasty when young and fresh & will need a good inspection before cooking and eating. Often called brain fungus or wood cauliflower for it’s unusual shape.   

Hawthorn

Scientific name: Crataegus monogyna/laevigata

Very common in British hedgerows, fruiting with ‘haws’ or ‘pomes’ hanging in clusters at this time of year. 

Penny Bun

Scientific name: Boletus edulis This mushroom is also referred to as; Cep, Porcini and a King bolete. These mushrooms have an excellent flavour and are rather a prize when foraging. Can be found from August through to November.

Shaggy Ink Cap

Scientific name: Coprinus comatus

This mushroom is often referred to by its common names as; Shaggy Inkcap, Lawyer’s wig, Judges Wig. A delicious mushroom with a very short shelf life.

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Saffron Milk Caps

Scientific name: Lactarius deliciosus

This mushroom is often referred to by its common names as; Saffron Milkcap, Red Pine Mushroom. Uncommon in the South this tasty mushroom is more frequent in Scotland and Northern Britain.      

Happy foraging everyone!  

If you’d like to know a little more about our finds please head over to our sister site, Wild Food UK to see their very helpful mushroom and hedgerow guides. Please let us know if you need any assistance or information and remember to stay safe and never eat anything unless you’re 100% sure it is safe to do so.

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