Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The Joy of Ceps

Another day spend 'shrooming. I found some scary-looking, sulphur-yellow Boletes first in a wet & ferny little conifer wood and then, after having pedaled by accident into an enclave of the super-wealthy (lots of signs all more or less saying Achtung Minen!), I paused by the gate on the way out and boggled at a whopping great Fly Agaric.

Before leaving I turned round to cast an eye over the ground beneath a few nearby Birches - and what did I see?

Could that be the holy grail of the 'shroom hunter, the Penny Bun itself? It certainly looked like it - but the size of the thing! I had no idea that they were such giants!

I raced home and (after double-checking it against the 'shroom books) scoffed it tout de suite.

Now, the probably-Birch Bolete I ate the other day was perfectly nice, ditto the Horse Mushrooms and the Parasols, they were surprisingly good - but this! Well, I can see what all the fuss is about, I really can. Fried in butter it was seriously, seriously delicious.

4 comments:

  1. Now that's a result, Wow size of the bugger!
    SBW

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  2. Can you recommend any good reading on shrooming? I'm going to BC next fall and hope to fill some time between Seelhead adventures.

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  3. Hi SBW, I'm lucky to have such good 'shrooming countryside just a few mins away by bike. But who knows, mayber there are Ceps in the wilder corners of Hackney's Victoria Park?

    Silk Line River Horse - I'd guess that Roger Phillips' 'Mushrooms & other fungi of North America' might be close enough for your needs? His UK version is an astonishingly thorough guide.

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  4. Silk Line River Horse:

    David Arora's "Mushrooms Demystified" is huge and pretty comprehensive. His "All that the Rain Brings" is a very good pocket guide that ties in to the larger volume. With those two, you'd be in pretty good shape, I'd imagine.

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