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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 05 12:48 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

It was fried lightly in a little butter first and I thought it was fine, I actually liked the slightly bitter taste (which the books say it has so that's good). It went less well in the stew IMHO.

The one thing I would say is it almost seemed too tender! It was on an old beech stump but about 6 feet from the ground so it was clean.

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I saw my first CotW on a yew tree this morning while driving to work. Only a young small one on a tree on a verge.

I'll not be trying it not just because of the fact it's on a yew but I'm not sure if I had a mild reaction to the one I tried a few weeks back. Anyone else had any problems with known edible shrooms?

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
I saw my first CotW on a yew tree this morning while driving to work. Only a young small one on a tree on a verge.

I'll not be trying it not just because of the fact it's on a yew but I'm not sure if I had a mild reaction to the one I tried a few weeks back. Anyone else had any problems with known edible shrooms?


If I eat shaggy parasol and wood blewit in the same meal, I feel slightly off colour. That's the only reaction I've had.

When you had a mild reaction, what was it? A little indigestion, a bit ill, a but *ahem* runny?

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sort of mild tummy rumblings, a bit of indigestion, but not more than that. I just felt strange (stranger than normal) for about a week. I have no idea what caused it and as I ate some of the CotW shown on the above plate I'm 99.9999% sure it was CotW I ate. I also ate a pheasant that Bugs didn't so it could have been that and I also know people who've had an upset stomach so it could be that.

I have some of the CotW in the freezer and I was wondering if I should try some again. Just don't mention it to Bugs

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    



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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Surely you can disagree with any food type and that does not have to say there is anything wrong with the food itself. It could just be that you are not compatable. With any wild food you are not 100% sure of you are better having a very small amount first and checking for a reation for 24 hours first before wading in with two feet and guzzling a boatload.
All of the survival books give different ways of checking but involve a test to see if a plant reacts with sensitive skin first, then being tasted, then being held under the tongue for a few mins. and thern being tried by one person in small dose to check for reaction. Blame the tummy bug that was giong around and don't be put off

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

TD isn't allowed to guzzle!

Thing is, he has had (we both have) CotW at least twice before, in a soup/stew thing at a foray we both went to. It seems unlikely he would be allergic/intolerant of it.

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That sounds to me like a mild gastric complaint; could be that you ate something that you couldn't digest easily, but more likely it was a passing viral infection. Happens all the time.

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
Surely you can disagree with any food type and that does not have to say there is anything wrong with the food itself. It could just be that you are not compatable. With any wild food you are not 100% sure of you are better having a very small amount first and checking for a reation for 24 hours first before wading in with two feet and guzzling a boatload.


I can back this up having spent two days chained to the toilet the first time I had a huge plateful of Parasols

I'm OK with them now though.

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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 05 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Now I know I'm in good company I can say it was a bit worrying. I'm just glad to have eaten something that cannot be easily confused with much else, especially something that is that harmful.

Bugs did find something online about some people having a reaction to CotW and there is Cab's warning about young people so there's something in 'em. See what happens next time I suppose.

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

On Sunday we also found an old small one growing on a fallen willow.

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was expecting to see a thread where cab had found a chicken walking in the woods! I must say when he say he was scrabbling about in tree for it, I did wonder....





cab - Am I right thinking you do all you foraging in Thetford Forest?


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 05 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Daydreaming wrote:

cab - Am I right thinking you do all you foraging in Thetford Forest?


Naah, I get up to Thetford maybe a couple of times a year. Nearly all of my foraging is done in and around Cambridge.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 05 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We found another small clump on a willow log yesterday. I took a piece for my breakfast and had no adverse reaction this time. It went well fried with streaky bacon and sausages and I can recommend that method for youngish specimens

We've found seven different CotWs so far this year, most local so once you get your eye in is seems quite common. Most of them have been quite small though.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 05 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I haven't seen any at all this year

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