Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wild food - January - Velvet Shank mushroom

According to Richard Mabey's book the Velvet Shank mushroom is the only  one able to survive frosts in winter and while walking through the garden I spotted a tree trunk with wonderful mushrooms on it in the most vibrant orange. I am not knowledgeable about mushrooms but if they are Velvet Shank it would be a useful addition to stews  as they require a long cooking time. Its Japanese variety which looks paler and longer is reputed to have medicinal properties.

Surprisingly we will be having mushoom pasta for supper tonight but I am not going to give it a go this time.

Steve Kirk of Bushcraft Magazine does show in the video above how to cook them wrapped in bacon.

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