Thursday, 1 October 2015

Would you be brave enough to eat fungi found in your garden?

 We moved into this house almost a year ago.It was built 30 years ago and when it was built there were five large trees in the garden,all with TPOs(tree preservation orders).During that time three have gone and we are left with two huge trees,a beech and a horse chestnut.Around the garden are rotting tree roots from the other three and this is where we found the fungi.The one on the left started off looking like the one on the right,egg shaped but on maturity has flattened out.Initially we thought it was a Common Puffball but now think it might be a Parasol Mushroom.My book says they are edible and delicious but I would never dare to try it!!
 Isn't the underside beautiful?
 This is our beech tree.You can see the size in relation to the conservatory.
This is our horse chestnut.Our garden is littered with empty conker shells as the local squirrels are hoarding them away.
We can do nothing with the trees(wouldn't want to as they are amazing) without permission from the local authority.If anyone knows about these fungi I would welcome some info.


  1. Gosh, I wouldn't eat THAT ! I'm very cautious about mushrooms, even reluctant these days to eat ordinary field mushroom.s.

  2. I err on the side of caution with this sort of thing. My front lawn had a lot of mushrooms growing on it recently, but I left them there. Passersby started to ask when I was going to eat them. I just said they were welcome to them!

  3. Wow, that is an amazing mushroom! I wouldn't eat it, but only because I don't know about mushrooms! I eat the ones from the shops! xx

  4. That is a huge mushroom! I don't think I'd eat it either but it is amazing:)

  5. I would love to go on a mushroom hunt, with someone who was well trained and experienced in which ones to take home for supper. Otherwise...I'd just admire them from a safer distance.


  6. I think they are fascinating but there is no way I wold eat one.

  7. I know nothing about the fungi ... but wow, they're amazing!

    Do you ever get to the Pant yr Ochain near Wrexham ... they have some amazing bracket fungus growing on tree stumps near the entrance just now.