Dark Honey

At last I have found something really exciting.

I have dragged Fizz up to look  at some old Sweet Chestnut coppice and she isn’t over excited because we have to walk on the road and there isn’t any playing ball as we go.

It is okay once we reach the wood.

CoppiceThe floor is thick with the Sweet Chestnut leaves. These leaves contain toxins that inhibit the growth of other plants but some things do well here and we will have a look at them when we return tomorrow.

FizzThis is what I have found.

Dark Honey FungusArmillaria ostoyae. It is the same Honey Fungus that used to grow in woodland that I owned some years ago.

I wrote a post about it recently About Honey Monsters using pictures that I had taken years ago. I am excited to have the opportunity to photograph it again and that is why we are going back for another look tomorrow.

When I saw it today I had a good idea what it was but I couldn’t get proper confirmation until I got home, it has been a few years since I found one of these. There are some key identification features that I still want to photograph and we could eat it.

I probably won’t eat it just because I like to see it on the tree but I will try a little bit just to see if I have a reaction and then I can eat it next time. You should always try a little bit first if you haven’t eaten a species before.

Here are some of the pictures that I took today.

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey Fungus

Dark Honey FungusIt’s a tree. Somebody tell him it’s a tree, we’ve got things to play.

Dark  Honey FungusSensing that my companion was  somewhat less enthusiastic about mushrooms than I was, I dragged her off to a field for some playtime.

We are at the top of he hills now and the fields are dry, close cropped and full of sunshine.


Happiness is round and yellow.

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20 thoughts on “Dark Honey”

  1. Mushrooms always remind me of the Fairy World 🙂 I like to look at them in the forest, I very rarely eat them. I like the last sentence: Happiness is round and yellow 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. For over a million years since Europeans came to Australia ( most from Britain) we have only ever eaten pale grey topped field mushrooms. All others were dangerous. Then the Greeks and Italians came and could be seen picking “toadstools” from under pine trees and we all laughed and said, “They’ll be sorry.” And we still only eat field mushrooms or ones we buy in Woolworths. We are a bit slow at times.

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      1. Buzzy is lovely. I would be a bit worried about getting him dirty though, not very practical for English mud 🙂 Just imagine what he would look like after a walk with Fizz 🙂 (Buzzy is a pure white American Eskimo dog with lovely long hair)

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    1. Thanks Ibeth 🙂 We don’t have a lot of really dangerous fungi but there are some bad ones. Most are just not worth eating or might give you a tummy upset. I don’t ever go foraging for mushrooms in general, I only take a few species that I know very well. I haven’t ever tried Honey Fungus and don’t even know if I will like it but it is one of the easier ones to identify so I think I will have a little taste 🙂

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  3. “Happiness is round and yellow”…. I really like that.
    We have one wild mushroom here, the Morel, that we would eat. My late husband, our daughter and I would harvest all of those we could find. They are delicious. We usually referred to them as corncobs, You can find them on Google.
    Your presentation of fungus today is lovely.. And Fizz is a joy.

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