What is it!!????

Just doing the rounds of the estate, as one does you know after one’s lunch, and I came across this…… monster…


Now… it’s either dangerous or edible and I’d bet on the former!
Any mushroom experts out there?

AND… it’s got a partner!


They’ll take over the garden soon. But the bright side is that they will soon enough be big enough to take shelter under in a storm!


6 Responses to What is it!!????

  1. CyberScribe says:

    It doesn’t look edible. If it was pink underneath it might be. We’d wild mushrooms from a neighbours field last year which were absolutely gorgeous. None this year 😦

  2. It was edible actually – it is just a bit far gone now. The slugs have certainly enjoyed it. It is a Leccinum which is a type of bolete. You tell them apart from normal boletes by the spots on the stem. Being very large it could be Leccinum umbrinoides. If eating Leccinums, the pores underneath can be too thick and become squishy when cooked. I prefer to remove the pore layer and then cook them. But be careful – never eat a bolete with red pores!

    There was probably a birch tree nearby. This fungus will be joined onto the roots of the birch helping it to take up nutrients from the soil and protect it against disease in return for carbon derived by photosynthesis.

  3. talkni says:

    Cool.. thanks for that Dave. Your website, The Northern Ireland Fungus Group: http://www.nifg.org.uk is really interesting.

    Any cooking suggestions? I think there will be more of these in my garden shortly!

  4. CyberScribe says:

    David, I’ll have to check out your site or post a few pics up of mushrooms/toadstools in my garden. There seems to be a lot more this year for some reason.

  5. titus2woman says:

    What a FUN thing to find and learn about! Very Charlotte Mason~my children would love to intrude on your yard about now to observe~LOL! I’m still reading here and there, even though I don’t have much to say. Just so you know you’re enjoyed! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

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