Just a selection from my garden including a few weeds -nepeta (left), pineapple sage (red), clover, daisy, forget-me-not, comfrey (purple bells), day lilly (big yellow ones) and native violet (centre)
Young slippery jack (Boletus portentosus or Suillus luteus) showing dark ring of veil attachment. Pine collected at site for innoculation.
Underside showing yellow sponge of spore tubules, cap and veil peeled; specimen was cooked and eaten.
An older slippery jack in situ showing slimy cap and wormhole – inspect slippery jacks carefully for slugs etc! The pine roots it is mychorizal to penetrate the grassy area. The trees were about ten metres north and moss in the grass testify to the dampness of the area. Other mushrooms were growing in the area including another similar bolete and the poisonous fly agaric – more id notes to follow april meeting.
Fried in butter with basil and served with sourdough, chickpea sprouts and marinated goat feta, red grapes, lettuce. It has a delicate texture and flavour that goes well with lemony herbs.