Ready to forage for mushrooms? Test your knowledge

Test your knowledge of edible fungi!

1. Fungi are more closely related to animals than plants. True or False?
True
Correct! Animals and fungi both derive their sustenance from external sources, whereas plants generate food internally, using energy from sunlight to photosynthesize carbohydrates.
False
Wrong. Animals and fungi both derive their sustenance from external sources, whereas plants generate food internally, using energy from sunlight to photosynthesize carbohydrates
 


2. Which one of these is not an edible wild fungi?
Porcelain Fungus
Wrong. The porcelain fungus exists!
Beefsteak Fungus
Wrong. The beefsteak fungus exists!
Cauliflower Fungus
Wrong. The cauliflower fungus exists!
Chair Fungus
Correct! The chair fungus species does not exist.
   

3. In which kind of woodland is the chance higher to find mushrooms?
Woodland overgrown with brambles
Wrong. Fungi are hard to access in overgrown woodland and both the variety and abundance of fungi is poorer
Woodland with low-growing plants, bare soil and mosses
Correct!
   

Keen to learn more about mushrooms?

Check out Geoff Dann’s Edible Mushrooms. A forager’s guide to the wild fungi of Britain, Ireland and Europe

The most comprehensive guide to foraging for wild mushrooms in UK and Northern Europe. With a special pictorial index, it is perfect for both beginners and experienced foragers. It describes the best tasting fungi, where to find them and when they are at their best; how to distinguish the edible species from the poisonous lookalikes; and when to leave an edible mushroom alone so the species can survive.

“A fascinating, wise companion on the journey into the extraordinary and delicious world of fungi. Come Autumn, it will accompany every foray I make into the woods, and my life, and my frying pan, will be vastly richer because of it.”

– Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement

“Written by a master of mycology who deeply loves fungus, its habitats and its quirks.”

– Tim Maddams, Chef, TV presenter, Cookery writer

 

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