What odd weather we have had this summer! A cold, wet start led on to a dry heat-wave – this left our wild plants in a strange condition, some delayed, others flowering early. Fungi were equally affected. St George’s Mushroom, expected in April, didn’t turn up until mid-May. Fairy Ring Champignon, often found early in the summer if it has been wet, only just appeared in late July.
The strange weather conditions mean that plants and fungi are still not coming up as they are expected to at this time of the year. What can be found are nettles, (only the tops can be eaten, the rest is too fibrous), wild garlic and soon, Elder will be fruiting, probably early if the warm weather continues. If the weather turns wet expect field mushrooms and perhaps ceps, (porcini) to appear.
Looking on the bright side, stress often makes mushrooms come up as soon as conditions improve for them, and as they have been under considerable stress during the hot dry period, it could be a very productive autumn.
Dates & Venues
Come join us on one of our courses in the wonderful English countryside for a day of foraging, identifying, cooking and fun...