Jew’s ear fungus

Jelly fungusJew’s Ear fungus Hirneola auricula-judea

found growing on dead Elder branch.This little fungus is very popular in Asia and dries very well,  IMG_0470

Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum  is beginning to appear, and good to pick now. Use as a green veg or Miles Irving suggests a risotto of blue cheese and Alexanders, worth a try. I collected lots of seed last year and will sow them in my own patch, a lovely plant to have.

Also still some time to dig and scrub those dandelion leaves for drying, just check leaf shape to be sure you are digging Dandelions.

 

2 Comments

  1. Simon said,

    February 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks a million for the quick help! They look like the ones on the tree I saw, but the tree (I think) was some type of small coniferous tree (although the bark and wood looked a lot like elder). It was hard to tell what tree it was as no leaves were on it anymore. I picked some of the larger ones to help me ID them at home. Can I send you a picture to make sure? To what address can I send them too? Thanks so much for the help!
    Simon


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