Tikorangi Notes: Saturday 23 April, 2011

Our identified woodland mushroom in a fairy path

Our identified woodland mushroom in a fairy path

Latest posts:

1) Paradise Found in New South Wales– or our attempts to find gardens to visit around Sydney from bats at the Bot Gardens to Bob Cherry’s dreams in Kulnura.

2) Plant Collector this week looks at two tidy, compact evergreen shrubs with berries: Ilex cornuta “Burfoodii” and Raphiolepsis indica “Enchantress”.

3) Garden tasks for the week as autumn marches on inexorably. Still, we have only had one really cold day so far.

Tikorangi Notes: Saturday 23 April, 2011 When it comes to wild fungi in New Zealand, we are terribly conservative. Generally it is only the field mushroom that is harvested for eating, although the magic mushroom used to attract experimental youth in search of a free hallucinogenic experience. Possibly it still does, but there are a host of other wild mushrooms that go untouched. I have bought the up to date publications on fungi found here, but it appears that nobody has done the work on which forms are edible. I am not so keen on doing the experimental taste test. Apparently the basket fungi, puffballs and elephant ear fungi are all perfectly safe to eat, but I want a definitive tome to tell me which are safe and delicious before I get adventurous. With death caps also common, the gap between fatal and edible seems a little too small to me. And we can’t even get an identification on this woodland fungi from our books. Cascading down through our tawa bush, these mushrooms are currently abundant and growing, not so much in a fairy ring, but more akin to a fairy path.