Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Saffron Milk Cap (lactarius deliciosus)
The season of wild edible mushrooms continues. Even though the weather is not favourable at the moment for certain species of mushrooms, the Saffron Milk Cap has made its appearance.
It often grows in large numbers in the same area.
The mushroom is a member of the large milk-cap family, which can be found from Midsummer in pine plantations and under conifers.
The species got its name due to the colour of the milk. When the fresh mushroom is cut it exudes bright orange milk like liquid, which is one of the most distinct markers of this edible species.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Chanterelles season off to a good start.It was almost six months ago that the last wild mushrooms such as Yellow Leg Chanterelles also called Winter Chanterelles disappeared. This year's season of the first edible mushrooms like the St George's Mushroom, which usually grows around the end of April (23rd April is St George's Day) started very slowly due to the weather.
But now with rising temperatures and plenty of rain, the first Summer Chanterelles have started to poke their heads through the forest floor.
These mushrooms are highly prized, very versatile and absolutely delicious.
Keep checking the recipe section for posts of my favourite recipes containing Summer Chanterelles throughout the next few months.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Wild garlic season advancing fast.Anybody who likes wild garlic should hurry now as the season draws to a close.
For my favorite wild garlic recipes please check out the recipe section.
Friday, 11 May 2012
Why back to nature, why now and for how long?
Foraging has undergone an unprecedented renaissance in Ireland in the last number of years.Many of the drivers are pointing at the positive aspects associated with foraged foods such as:
- Foraging for wild foods is part of the genetic makeup, ingrained into humans over millions of years
- a reduction in distance between food source and consumer is positive for the environment
- a balanced nutritional content of wild plants is good for a healthy diet
- the closeness between the consumer and food creates a rich and ongoing relationship with land and heritage