Fancy free food? Join our autumn fungi forays
You might fancy foraging, but when it comes to wild fungi, how do you tell if a mushroom represents death or dinner? Our autumn fungi courses are designed to demystify the wonderful world of mushrooms & toadstools for everyone from fascinated families to mature mycologists.
If times are tight and you want to eat healthily, raiding nature's larder can be a great idea. In his push to promote a veg-based diet chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recommends the beefsteak mushroom as a good alternative to meat, and our neighbours on the continent have been feasting this way for years. But anyone fancying a fungal fry-up needs to know what they’re looking for, as some varieties are fatal if eaten, while others cause sickness and severe cramps - and toxins in some of the most dangerous mushrooms tend not to be destroyed by cooking.
Up to 20,000 different species of fungi grow in the UK; of these 50 or so are edible, and 50 are known to be poisonous. So before you even think about eating anything you find, ask an expert.
Wilderness Wood founder Anne Yarrow has spent the last 30 years getting to know the fungal residents of this award-winning 62-acre ancient Sussex woodland, and for 15 years has been leading fungi tours around the wood.
The courses, which run from 90 minutes to 1 day, are designed for everyone from beginners wanting to understand the basics of mushroom foraging to enthusiasts keen to learn more details about the world of woodland mycology. Anne emphasizes safety and collection strategies, with guests picking mushrooms to take home.
Anne says “When people ask me which fungi are edible I often joke that you can eat them all, but some of them only once! It’s great to see the growing interest in natural wild food, but you do need to know what to look for. Join me on some forays round the wood to find the best ones to eat – and learn which ones to avoid!"
Schedule of courses (all prices include full day's admission to the Wood) - please call 01825 830509 to book places
Woodland fungi - Death or Dinner?
Discover the world of woodland toadstools, with an emphasis on what's edible and what's definitely not... Get to know a blusher from a stinkhorn and a tasty dinner from certain death!
Oct 2, 12, 16 & 29 10.30 – 12.30
Adults £16, Conc £14.50, Child (6-15) £8
Learn tips and tricks for hunting, identifying and cooking our woodland harvest. Follow fact with fun as you enjoy a campfire cookout including any edible finds.
October 21 10.00-1.00
Adults £48 Concs £45 including campfire lunch
Family fungi hunt
A special fungus foray for the whole family to enjoy, especially geared to children (no unaccompanied children).
Sunday October 23 10.30-12.00
Wednesday October 26 10.30-12.00
Adults £10 Concs £9 Child (3-15) £6
Fungi for starters
A full day course for beginners. Learn all about woodland fungi - what they are, how to identify them and which are edible.
October 15 10am – 4pm
Adults £85 Concs £80
Please call 01825 830509 to book places