Exploring wild food from the seashore, river valleys, woods and hedgerows
Next Course Dates:
March 23rd 2023, Woolacombe, north Devon (SEASHORE)
May 13th 2023, By Brook Valley, West Wiltshire
May 27th 2023, ancient pastureland, East Wiltshire
June 10th 2023, Hazeland Wood, near Calne, Wiltshire
March 28th 2024, Woolacombe, north Devon (SEASHORE – click for details)
Magnificent St. George’s Mushrooms traditionally fruit around the feast of St. George (23rd April) but often they appear much earlier, and continue to appear for a month or so afterwards, sometimes up to mid-June. They are increasingly being recorded in the autumn too, probably due to changes in our climate.
With a solid consistency and a robust flavour they are valued as a gourmet mushroom in many European markets and in France they are sold under the name of ‘mousseron’, a name that they share with the fairy ring champignon or ‘petit mousseron’, also much sought after.
St. George’s mushroom, Calocybe gambosa, is a perfect companion for delicious spring shoots and leaves such as hogweed shoots, wild garlic, chickweed and Jack-by-the-hedge.
On this fun day out you will learn to recognise the plants (and if they are up, mushrooms) that we find from their key identification features and you will also be taught to recognise the habitats where you can expect to find them. Early booking recommended.
We will be preparing some simple canapes with our freshly foraged wild ingredients which we will enjoy in the open air with a glass or two of organic champagne or foraged liqueurs!
Bookings can be made by sending an email to Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk (please put FORAGING DISCOVERY DAY in the subject line). Your place will be secure once we have received full payment by bank transfer (preferred), cheque or PayPal. If you have received a gift certificate for this course then your course has already been paid for and you must get in touch soon to reserve your chosen date.