Hedgehog Mushroom / Wood Hedgehog (Hydnum repandum):
|Hedgehog Mushrooms often grow in clusters or long strings|
|The tell-tale spines of the Hedgehog Mushroom make it one of the safest mushrooms to pick and eat|
The Hedgehog Mushroom is one of the best edible mushrooms and is occasionally found demanding high prices in markets, though often under the French name, 'Pied de Mouton' - meaning 'mutton's foot', as the cap supposedly looks like, you guessed it, the foot (or should that be hoof?) of a sheep.
Terracotta Hedgehog (Hydnum rufescens):
|Terracotta Hedgehogs growing in a long line under Beech and Pine|
The Terracotta Hedgehog is not as tasty as the Wood Hedgehog, but still basket-worthy if found in profusion.
Trumpet Chanterelle (Cantharellus tubaeformis):
The Trumpet Chanterelle is a great edible mushroom, and, like the Hedgehog Mushroom, is also a staple of wild mushroom market stalls. It is usually not too difficult to collect these funghi by the basket load, but it can sometimes be tricky to locate them in the first place, that is until you have got your eye in - once you have seen one or two, you need only look carefully around you and the chances are that the forest floor will be covered in them.
|Trumpet Chanterelles are very well camouflaged, even when you are standing right on top of them.|
I count over 70 mushrooms in this patch of leaf litter.
|Once you get to ground-level, the yellow stems span for as far as the eye can see|
Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa):
|Hen of the Woods growing on a moss covered tree stump. Taken on an iPhone|
|A fine young specimen|
|These funghi are the scourge of lawn-lovers, often leaving a dark ring of grass after the fruit bodies have disappeared|
Porcelain Mushroom (Oudemansiella mucida):
Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius):
White Saddle (Helvella crispa):
The Prince (Agaricus augustus):
A very tasty edible mushroom - I just hope the inhabitants of this grave didn't mind me leaning over and picking them!
Snowy Waxcap (Hygrocybe virginea):
Care must be taken when picking this mushroom as the deadly Fool's Funnel (Clitocybe rivulosa) and the poisonous Ivory Funnel (Clitocybe dealbata) could be mistaken to those not in the know. However, if you are completely confident that what you have found is a Snowy Waxcap, then I would strongly recommend picking them, as they are quite tasty!
Pink Waxcap (Hygrocybe calyptriformis):
Although the Pink Waxcap is an edible species, I must point out that I did not pick any of the specimens here, as they are on the endangered species list. I have included them merely for their pink majesty and beauty.
|An older specimen|