Do you know your fungi?

The Woodland Trust has published a summary of the 9 most common UK fungi.  It begins:

Fungi are a huge and fascinating kingdom with over 15000 species in the UK.  They live on land, in the water, in the air, and even in and on plants and animals.  They vary widely in size and form, from the microscopically small to the largest organisms on Earth (at several square miles large).  Mushrooms (or toadstools) is a term given to the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting bodies that certain fungi produce.  Here are nine common mushrooms that you may come across.

It then warns:

Please be aware that fungi can be deadly poisonous – don’t use this blog to identify them for culinary use.

For greater reassurance you might think Wild Food UK would be good, but even this says:

“If you are identifying mushrooms please use multiple sources of identification and never eat anything unless you are 100% sure what it is.  We will not be held responsible for the use of the information in this website.”

Which reminds us of the wise Swedish saying:

There are old mushroom eaters, bold mushroom eaters, but never old, bold mushroom eaters.

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