One of my latest and tastiest finds has been the Saffron Milkcap (Lactarius deliciosus) – one the most sought after Milkcaps, especially in Europe which grows exclusively with pines from summer to autumn.
Our common tongue has described this as the ‘Penny Bun’ for obvious reasons, many also know it as the Cep (French origin) but then most cooks and chefs will often know it from it’s Italian translation as the ‘Porcini mushroom’.
Dryads Saddle (Polyporus squamosus) – a polypore mushroom which can grow very large. his species is a parasite (and/or Saprotroph which feeds off decaying matter) on deciduous trees such as elm, beech and sycamore causing severe ‘white rot’.
The Charcoal Burner gets it’s common name from the range of colours visible on it’s sturdy, fleshy cap – like the colours of a charcoal flame. Sometimes it can be one colour but often it can be variable. There’s often a mixture of blue and yellow, and in this case, with strong hues of violet and a pinch of grey (you can also get browns and greens going on. This mushroom likes to show off!). The latin name cyanoxantha defines the blue and yellow colours.
The Prince Mushroom. Large woodland mushroom with coniferous trees. Large brown scaly cap. Edible UK Woodland Mushroom.