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Foraging for Mushrooms: A beginners guide ~ by WoodlandsTV

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For the novice forager, choosing the right mushrooms to pick can be a bit daunting, so in this film, Margaret Lear introduces us to a selection of easy mushrooms for beginners.
Filmed in Taymount Wood, Perthshire.

A woodlandsTV film by Jemma Cholawo, sponsored by www.woodlands.co.uk

Posted in: Uncategorised ~ On: 3 November, 2019

8 comments so far

November 3, 2019

Yum, thank you. we had some Shaggy Ink Caps the other day -)

John Grytbakk
November 3, 2019

Magical forest 🙂

November 3, 2019

Is ut still commonly agreed upon that consuming shaky ink caps with alcohol or infact 2 days after alcohol is toxic?

Rick Ballard
November 3, 2019

Thanks for sharing and taking us along.

rabbid man
November 4, 2019


Geraldine Gregory
November 4, 2019

Very clear and informative. I'm always nervous about picking mushrooms. The only ones I'm certain about are shaggy inkcaps and 'hedgehog' mushrooms. Please, pleeease, can we have another video showing some more woodland mushrooms. Loads where I live, but I'm afraid to pick 'em!!

Haphazard Homestead
November 4, 2019

With DNA work over the past few years, there's a lot better understanding of the Coprinoids – all those auto-digesting inky mushrooms. The inky caps that contain Coprine, the mushroom chemical that causes problems in metabolizing alcohol, have all been put in the genus Coprinopsis. The Shaggy Ink Cap is in the Coprinus genus. It doesn't contain any Coprine at all. Mushrooms in the Coprinellus genus don't have Coprine either. I think there's some real confusion in identification, though. I see so many people confusing Coprinopsis variegata (the Scaly Ink Cap) with Coprinus comatus (the Shaggy Mane or Shaggy Ink Cap). People making that mistake are consuming Coprine without knowing it. I enjoy eating the Scaly Ink Cap and other Coprinopsis mushrooms, but I sure plan ahead and put the alcohol aside for a few days afterwards, too. But with the Shaggy Ink Cap (Coprinus comatus), Mica caps (Coprinellus micaceus) and others in the Coprinus or Coprinellus genuses, the Coprine-alcohol risk doesn't exist.

Laura Peppiatt
November 8, 2019

you should cut mushrooms with a knife just above the soil in order for it to re-grow. Picking them the way it is shown destroys the habitat!

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