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Hedgerow Cookbook

49 48 Agaricus campester arvensis. Found near woods, fields and pasture. Familiar white mushrooms, pink gills which darken to brown as they mature. Avoid if they turn bright yellow or pink when sliced, or if they have white gills. Fry in butter, or use in pies, soup, sauces, with eggs and with cream. 49 Langermannia gigantea. Woods, fields and hedges. May be anything from the size of a grapefruit to a football. Check the flesh is white and fresh. Cut into half inch slices and fry. Great between slices of bread and in other mushroom dishes. 47 Craterellus cornucopoides. Found in leaf litter in deciduous woods. Light to dark brown. Delicious dried. 51 Auricularia auricula. Common on elder trees in late autumn. A reddybrown earshaped bracket fungus which grows in clusters. Cut from the tree with a knife. Slice finely and stew. 51 Pleurotus ostreatus. Common on dead ash and beech branches. Slatey silvergrey bracket fungus, the gills are white and deep, the flesh soft but rubbery. Excellent stewed. op. Macrolepiota procerarhacodes. Found in clearings, beside woods, meadows and waysides. It has a distinctive ring, a pleasant smell and nutty flavour. Pick just as the cap begins to open. Good dipped in batter and deep fried. The stem is too woody to eat. op. Coprinus comatus. Lawyers Wig. Common in fields and waysides. White, covered with shaggy brown scales. Only pick them young and tightly closed as they quickly go black and slimey. Cook as soon as possible. Good battered whole. 47
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