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The Wild Mushrooms of Red Hill

13 Apr

The first mushrooms of the season are always so exciting. Today was the first time this year there has been enough to get buckets full.

Checkout this one, probably shouldn’t each it, it looks a bit like the one that might be edible unless it mixes with alcohol in which case it is deathly. Do not touch.

This is what I am after, the perfect little pine mushroom. Known locally as Pineys, they can also be called saffron milk caps, pine caps it botantial name is Lactarius deliciosus they are common in Red Hill as they grow around the bases of pine trees, of which we have many.

Here are a few perfect little specimens.  Smaller than the palm of your hand, only a day or two old, they will be delicate and tender and fresh.

The fairy toadstool also grows around them in the same conditions.  This one is only for the fairies to live in, do not eat.

The fields are paved with them.

Bucket loads in one quick outing

My dinner tonight, a selection of a few of the smaller, perfect ones.

And this is how I like to eat them. Quickly panfried with some butter, herbs & olive oil piled onto a crusty baguette with Main Ridge Dairy marinated chevre. I also did one round where I fried pancetta in the pan first before adding the mushrooms.  So simple and tasty.

Whilst foraging, may as well get a few bags of apples too!

I love Autumn.