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.



  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!

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