I know that silly blog post titles are becoming a rather unfortunate habit of mine. There is a reason this time though. Honest! I was trying to think of a word that could convey the sheer number of mushrooms that seem to be growing at the moment and failed. So I made one up!
In the last week I have picked:
Hen of The Woods
Orange Birch Boletes
Brown Birch boletes
Saffron Milk Caps
Yellow Swamp Russulas
Fairy Ring Champignon
I have honestly never experienced anything like this. I have picked more mushrooms in the last 5 days than I have ever picked in such a short period of time.
The weather has just been perfect for it. Lots of rain with dry spells and sunshine. For the first time ever, I do actually have more mushrooms than I can handle. My dehydrator has been working overtime to dry the boletes and I have been feasting on Mushrooms. From cream of Shaggy Ink Cap soup to ravioli with a creamy amethyst deciver and bay bolete sauce.
And it’s not just in Leeds that we’re seeing a bumper crop this year. Friends all over the country have commented on the insane number of mushrooms they’ve been picking and regaling us with jealousy-inspiring photos of baskets overflowing with funghi. So here are my brimming baskets: