Autumn

Craterellus tubaeformis (Winter Chanterelle)

These tasty little fungi are easily overlooked, since their frilly brown caps blend in too well with the autumn leaves.

Lepista nuda (Wood Blewit)

Stunning in colour and fragrance, Lepista nuda are among our most popular late autumn mushrooms

Sambucus nigra (Elderberry)

The fruit and flowers are the only edible parts of this toxic plant

Castanea sativa (Sweet Chestnut)

Encased in spiny green to brown cupules or burrs, these sweet and starchy nuts are well worth foraging

Hydnum repandum (Hedgehog Mushroom)

Easily identified by their spiny hymenium, firm fleshed and mild tasting Hydnum repandum can be found growing in dense circles or arches

Rosa Canina (Rosehip, Wild Rose)

Among my childhood nostalgia, the flavour of Haegemark, rosehip and red wine preserve, holds a firm place

Malus sylvaticus (Crabapple)

Domestic apples have been cultivated for such a long time that all the wild crabapples in our woods are hybrids

Prunus spinosa (Sloe, Blackthorn)

Take care of the long spines when picking these mall round plum-like fruit after the first frost

Corylus avellana (Hazelnut, Cobnut)

Sweeter and more aromatic than the imported commercial hazelnuts, our native hazel has been an important wild food since humans lived in Britain

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