Shopping News: A Mushrooming Interest
Sunday 10 October 1993
Nature attempts to foil mushroom pickers by creating them in identical- seeming pairs, one of which is edible, the other not. The Fairy Ring Champignon looks alarmingly like the deadly Clitocybe rivulosa, and the False Chanterelle could give foodies a hallucinogenic shock.
It's hardly surprising, then, that most people find safety in numbers. A fungal foray with an expert means you learn as you go (mostly on all fours) and benefit from multiple pairs of eyes scouring the undergrowth. For ordinary folk, the Field Studies Council (tel: 0743-850674), an educational charity with branches throughout the country, runs 'Fungi for Beginners' weekend courses. The Harrods Gourmet Club (tel: 071- 235 5852) also holds an annual feast and foray - a pricier affair which begins today.
The British Mycological Society takes a dim view of all these mushroom hunters bent on fricasseeing everything they find. They, too, are having a foray today in Windsor Great Park, assembling the fruits of their labours at Royal Holloway College, Egham, for labelling and general admiration. In essence a scholarly exercise, the hunt is usually infiltrated by gourmets on the trail of ever more esoteric fungal delights.
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Video shows how to turn your phone into a 3D hologram
- 2 Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
- 3 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 4 'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters
- 5 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
Poldark finale review: Not even the 'putrid throat' and tragedy to stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest
Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
Cilla Black: Her 12 best songs, from 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' to 'You're My World'
Zoolander 2 trailer leaks online and it's really, really, ridiculously good looking
Fantastic Four: Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality