THE PRINCE OF MUSHROOMS – AGARICUS AUGUSTUS

The Prince mushroom is every mushroom hunter’s delight. They are rare, very rare it would appear, especially in Cape Town, and up until last month had it previously eluded even […]

USING CHICKEN OF THE WOODS AS MEDICINE

It’s well and truly Chicken of the Woods season in Cape Town. When looking at those bright-orange shelves stacked on an oak stump, most people see a very tasty meal, […]

FORAGING FOR WOOD BLEWITS

If you venture into dark, damp and mulchy places during the coldest winter months, your exploits may be rewarded with the meeting of a Wood Blewit, one of the finest […]

TWO-WAY PICKLED PINE RING MUSHROOMS (RECIPE)

Pickled Pine Rings make me very happy. Having previously attempted numerous way to cook them up fresh, I’ve taken to learning a few secrets from the Eastern Europeans who swear […]

FORAGING FOR PINE RINGS

Historically speaking, pine rings are a special mushroom. Known internationally as saffron milk caps or red pine mushrooms, these gilled fungi were depicted in a fresco found in the ancient […]

FORAGING FOR FIELD MUSHROOMS

Field mushrooms. Champignons. Many of us know their cultivated cousins well – the “white button” store variety. An interesting fact is that the classic “Denny” mushroom is actually the same […]

A HISTORY OF MUSHROOM FORAGING IN CAPE TOWN

It is without question that the first mushroom foragers at the Cape would have been the indigenous people who nomadically roamed the peninsula from as long as 27 000 years […]

CHICKEN OF THE WOODS LINGUINE (RECIPE)

Chicken of the Woods is an unusual addition to dishes where chicken would normally be used. This mushroom’s seasonality is less than two months and works well as a substitute […]

FORAGING FOR CHICKEN OF THE WOODS

Chicken of the Woods, known to mycophiles as Laetiporous sulphureus or Sulphur Shelf, is a late summertime mushroom that gets its common name from, well, tasting very similar┬áto chicken. The […]

PORCINI EGGS BENEDICT (RECIPE)

Porcini is one of my favourite edible mushrooms. Although there are many ways to prepare them for eating, I think I’m onto something with this homemade porcini eggs benedict. Here […]