Rustle in your hedgerow

Plantain buds and St. George mushrooms ready for pan

Plantain buds and St. George mushrooms ready for pan

If there’s a rustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed… get out and investigate.

Well May has been very busy so far, I’ve been away in Washington state among the stunning Cascade mountains and while there had the pleasure of accompanying a local mycologist and true gentleman, Jim on a mushroom hunt, we gathered a basket of Bohemian Morels,(Phytoverpa bohemica) delicious, thank you Jim.For sharing your knowledge and good company. I had some Jelly Fungus(Hirneola auricula-judea)   from my own Elder stumps in April.

I also picked up some plug spawn for Shitake(Lentinula edodes) and Blue Oyster (Pleurotus  ostreatus) which I’m very much hoping to grow in storm damaged hard wood logs, I will keep a diary of the process and seek others to join in the experiment.

I arrived home to a garden chock full of Dandelion Flowers just crying out to be used for syrup, jelly or wine.the Plantain is also flowering. A quick trip to my friendly farm neighbor yielded a nice scarf full of St.George Mushrooms (Calocybe gambosa) so dinner featured these lovely mushrooms cooked simply with butter and onion a handful of Plantain buds, a good grind of black pepper.

The Garlic-mustard is in flower and unmistakeable at the moment. It makes better pesto than Ramsons in my opinion being much easier to digest.

The Beech leaves are coming out and now is the time to lay down some booze for future gifts.

Hay fever tea?

Time for more recipies, so many things going on, lots of growth which is great but high pollen means hay fever for many people. If you are one of the unfortunate afflicted you could try a herbal tea made of Nettle, Elderflower, Ribwort Plantain and Camomile. I do not have a recipe for this and happily don’t suffer but here is a suggestion, I would be grateful for any other ideas and especially feedback on this. Buy herbal camomile tea and brew up with a handfull of Ribwort Plantain leaves, a glove-full of Nettle tops and 3 Elderflower heads (stalks removed). Allow to infuse for 5 minutes before straining, sweeten with honey or unrefined sugar if liked.


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